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State of Connectivity Report : 3.2 Billion people are online, Yet 4.1billion are left

Facebook released State of Connectivity Report on Global Internet Access. This second annual study by Facebook show how it has changed since 2014.

According to report, 3.2 billion people were online, at the end of 2015. up from 3 billion in 2014. The reason behind this increase is affordable data and rising global incomes in 2014. Report also noted, 200 to 300 million people were increased per year, Over the past 10 years.

It's a positive news, on the other hand,  4.1 billion people were still not connected to internet in 2015.

There are four key barriers to internet access Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness.

The state of connectivity has improved in the last year:

  • At the end of 2014, there were 2.9 billion internet users globally. By the end of 2015,
    this figure was predicted to have reached 3.2 billion,2 43% of the world’s population.

  • During 2014, lower prices for data and rising global incomes have made mobile data
    packages of 500MB per month affordable to 500 million more people.

  • The highest estimates of 3G and 4G coverage suggest that 1.6 billion people live outside
    mobile broadband coverage, an improvement compared to 2 billion at the end of 2014.

  • Most people connect to the internet using mobile devices, which are the only way to
    get online in many parts of the world. An estimated 2.7 billion people did not have
    mobile phone subscriptions in 2015.3

According to Report Without a step change to current trends, over 3 billion people will remain offline by 2020, nearly all in developing countries.

If we talk about mobile network, 3G and 4G networks are now widely available, Yet 2G is most affordable way to access Internet. And It is common for 2G mobile networks to be used even in areas where 3G/4G services are available.

Studies suggest that a 10% increase in broadband penetration in developing countries is correlated with a 1.35% increase in GDP.
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