Of the approximately 8 billion people on earth, 5.25 billion – roughly two thirds – now have access to the internet. This figure has increased by a staggering 1,355 per cent since the turn of the millennium. The one billion threshold was passed in 2005. In terms of sustainable development opportunities, this is a pressing issue: of the remaining third of people without internet access, 96 per cent live in developing countries. Here, too, there is a striking urban-rural divide: globally, the proportion of internet users is twice as high in urban centres as in rural areas.
Sources: BroadbandSearch, internetworldstats.com, UNDP, International Telecommunication Union