Africa: Mobile Broadband Subscriptions On Track to Hit 4.3 Billion in 2017 - UN Report
4 August 2017
Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency.
New data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also show that 48 per cent of the world's population now uses the Internet. The proportion is 71 per cent for the group of young people aged 15-24.
"ITU's ICT Facts and Figures 2017 shows that great strides are being made in expanding Internet access through the increased availability of broadband networks," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao in a press release.
"Digital connectivity plays a critical role in bettering lives, as it opens the door to unprecedented knowledge, employment and financial opportunities for billions of people worldwide," he added.
Of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India, the report finds.