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ITU calls for broadband Internet access for half the world’s population by 2015

The World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010 has been released by the International Telecommun...


May 26, 2010  


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The World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010 has been released by the International Telecommunication Union.

 

The report provides a mid-term review of the progress made in creating a global information society by 2015, a commitment that governments agreed upon at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which took place in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005.

 

 “The number of Internet users has more than doubled since 2003, when the World Summit on the Information Society first met, and today more than 25% of the world’s population is using the Internet,” says Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

 

“The importance of bringing people online is widely recognized, but more efforts are needed to increase the number of Internet users. While today 75% of all households have a TV, only 25% have Internet access. In the developing countries, home Internet penetration is as low as 12%.”

 

The report finds that the availability of ICTs in health institutions in developing countries is limited and more needs to be done to achieve the target of “connecting all health institutions to the Internet.”