Year 2014 to make exit with 3B internet users globally

Developing countries will contribute two-third of this growth and mobile broadband penetration will approach 2.3 billion globally. The stats were released, on Monday, by United NationsInternational Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Key Highlights

1) The Asia-Pacific region has the largest population of Internet users and developing countries will make up for more than 90 per cent of those who are not yet using the Internet.

2) 55 percent of mobile broadband subscription are expected to be in the developing world. Africa to take the lead in its growth, from 2 percent in 2010 to almost 20 percent in 2014.

3) Asia-Pacific region also dominates the most users in fixed-broadband, while Africa has the least, with lower than 0.5 per cent of its population.

4) Developing countries will be home to over 75 per cent among the mobile-cellular users, an indication towards the growing markets.

5) fixed-telephone users will further decline to about 100 million fewer subscriptions than in 2009.

The report does not include country specific facts. Earlier this year, it was predicted that by June 2014, Indian internet user base will touch 243 million by June 2014.

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