“Behind these numbers and statistics are real human stories. The stories of people whose lives have improved thanks to ICTs,” Sanou said, adding “our mission is to bring ICTs into the hands of ordinary people, wherever they live. By measuring the information society, we can track progress, or identify gaps, towards achieving socio-economic development for all”.
Among those users, over three quarters are from developed countries while two-thirds come from the developing world.
In Africa, about one-fifth of the population will have access to the Internet while in the Americas, nearly two-thirds of the population will be online by the year end.
Europe has the highest internet penetration rate of 75 per cent, while the Asia-Pacific region has the largest population of Internet users.
Turning to mobile-broadband penetration, the number of its subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally and 55 per cent of them are expected to be in the developing world.
Mobile-broadband remains the fastest growing market segment, with continuous double-digit growth rates in 2014.
Even as the worldwide growth trend of these ICTs continues, fixed-telephone penetration, however, lags behind.
According to ITU, fixed-telephone users have been declining for the last five years.
In addition, there will be about 100 million fewer subscriptions than in 2009.