Nearly half of the world will be online by end 2013

Austria was ranked as the country with the most affordable mobile broadband while countries including Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo had the least affordable.

Nearly half of the world will be online by end 2013

In a study released by UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 40% of the world’s population will be online.

The 40% figure would however still leave 1.1 billion households or 4.4 billion people with no access to internet services.

The study, Measuring the Information Society 2013, further observed that mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets has become the fastest growing segment of the global ICT (Information and Communication Technology) market. “By end 2013 there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscriptions – almost as many as there are people on the planet,” the ITU said in a press release.

The study estimated a total of 2.7 billion people will be connected to the internet by the end of 2013. “Mobile broadband connections over 3G and 3G+ networks are growing at an average annual rate of 40 per cent, equating to 2.1 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions and a global penetration rate of almost 30 per cent,” the union said, “Almost 50 per cent of all people worldwide are now covered by a 3G network.”

The Republic of Korea was also ranked first for the third consecutive year for overall ICT development while Sweden and Finland ranked second and third respectively.

The study detailed, “Analysis of trends in broadband pricing in more than 160 countries shows that in the four years between 2008-2012 fixed-broadband prices fell by 82 per cent overall.”

Austria was ranked as the country with the most affordable mobile broadband while countries including Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo had the least affordable.

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