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The number of Internet users, about to exceed 2 billion worldwide

internet-10The number ofInternet userswill exceed 2 billion this year, reaching almosta third of the world’s population (6.9 billion). However, developing countries need to increase access to this vital tool for economic growth.

In this regard, by the end of 2010, 71 percent of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21 percent of people in developing countries. Of the 226 million new Internet users this year, 162 million will be from developing countries where growth rates are now higher, according to a report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which says it is particularly important for countries. in development buildhigh speed connections.

“Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformative technology,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré from Mali. “It can create jobs, boost growth and productivity, and support long-term economic competitiveness.”

Access is highly variable depending on the region, with the65 percent of people online in Europe, ahead of 55 percent in the Americas, compared to just 9.6 percent of the population in Africa and 21.9 percent in Asia and the Pacific.

Internet access in schools, at work and in public places is essential for developing countries, where only 13.5 percent of people have Internet at home, compared to 65 percent in developed countries.

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