One third of the World’s population still without Internet
It may seem like a lie, but it is the pure reality. According to ITU data, in 2022 a third of the world’s population is still deprived of access to the Internet, and the pace of new connections has slowed.
Some 5.3 billion people worldwide now use the Internet, and while growth continues to be encouraging, the trend suggests that without new investment in infrastructure and a fresh push to generate new digital skills, chances of connecting world population by 2030 seems increasingly scarce.
This year, 2.7 billion people still do not have access to the Internet. It was 3 billion in 2021 and 3.6 billion in 2019, just before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ITU has identified two main obstacles to its goal of a fully connected global population: populations that are still disconnected are also the hardest to reach, and the difficulties in moving from simple access to regular and easy access. They believe that obstacles are often underestimated, such as very slow connection speeds, very high prices for equipment and subscriptions, lack of digital culture or even cultural and language barriers, but also gender discrimination and sometimes the simple lack of access to electricity.
Africa is the least connected of the six regions, with 40% of the population online. In Arab countries, this rate is 70%. In Asia Pacific, the internet penetration rate has increased from 61% in 2021 to 64% this year. The Americas, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe have rates above 80%. The Old Continent comes first with 89% of its population connected.