The UN wants 1.4 billion people connected to the Internet in the world by 2020


During the World Economic Forum in Davos, held January 21, 2016, a new global partnership was developed during a special session of the UN Commission: “The broadband service sustainable development  “. The ambition of this partnership, which was the subject of a joint declaration of the stakeholders in the Forum is to connect 1.5 billion people to the Internet by 2020.

Currently, only 3.2 billion people access the Internet in the world with a population of 7.4 billion people, says the UN. This means that, so far, 4.2 billion people are still not connected.

In the 48 countries considered by the United Nations as least developed countries, the rate of Internet penetration is less than 10% and even falls to below 2% in the six poorest countries are Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Chad, says the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In the 2015 edition of its report on the state of broadband in the world, the United Nations Commission shows that access to the Internet approaches saturation in rich countries, but is not growing fast enough to benefit billion people in developing countries, especially in rural and remote areas.

To promote access to 1.5 billion people to the Internet, the ITU, in a working paper as a contribution to the United Nations Commission on broadband activities, estimates it will invest a total $ 450 billion in network infrastructure.
Source: Ecofin 22 january 2016