More Than Half of Humanity Is Now Online

Humanity has broken a record of having more than half of the global population online, 3.9 billion people are now using the Internet. A UN agency for information and communication technologies, said at the end of 2018, 51.2 percent of people around the world were online.

While the world’s richest countries have been steadily growing in Internet use, the more dramatic growth has been in developing countries, where 45.3 percent of people are currently online, while 13 years ago it was just 7.7 percent.

Africa has seen the most growth going from 2.1 percent to 24.4 percent. The report also showed the number of mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions is now greater than the global population with a full 5.3 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions.

Almost all of humanity, 96 percent, lives within reach of a mobile cellular network and 90 percent of the population can access the Internet through a 3G or higher speed network.



Photo: “Barcelona, Spain” by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  is licensed under CC BY 2.0