ITU report says cellular subscriptions will nearly match global population by year-end

Worldwide Online Figures

Late last month we shared a report from Pew Internet which stated that 15% of American adults do not use the Internet. Expanding on those figures, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a report which predicts over 40% of the world will be online by the end of 2013. The ITU estimates that 2.7 billion people will be connected to the Internet while 4.4 billion will remain unconnected. The report also claims that by the end of this year, “there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscriptions – almost as many as there are people on the planet.” The amount of people accessing the Internet continues to climb as broadband gets faster and more affordable, and cellular infrastructure spreads throughout the developing world.

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