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By the end of 2016, nearly half of the world’s population will use the Internet, mobile networks will grow and prices will decline, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a UN agency said on Tuesday.

In the developed countries of the world about 80 per cent of the population use the Internet. But only 40% In developing countries and less than 15% in developing countries. In the less developed countries are online, according to a report by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In many of the poorest and most fragile African countries, only one person in ten is on the Internet. The offline population is female, elderly, less educated, poorer and lives in rural areas, said the union, an agency specializing in information and communication technologies.

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Overall, 47pc of the world’s population is on-line, still far from the UN target of 60pc by 2020. Some 3.9 billion people, more than half the world’s population, are not. ITU expects that 3.5 billion people will have access by the end of this year.

“In 2016, people are no longer online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks around the world had brought the Internet to more and more people,” the report said.

Telecommunications and Internet companies are expanding as more affordable smartphones encourage consumers to surf the Internet, prompting demand to grow for high-density services. However, the least developed countries – the LDCs – still track the rest of the world.

“The levels of Internet penetration in LDCs today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that LDCs are lagging behind the developed world by almost 20 years,” he said. report.

She accused the cost of services and infrastructure extension to rural and remote customers and the high price of mobile cellular use.

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