40% of global population is online: ITU
As per the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), nearly 40% of the global population or 2.7 billion people are already online in 2013 while India still stands far with around 13% Internet penetration with roughly 160 million users.
As per ITU:
- The percentage of people online in developing and developed world is 31% and 77% respectively.
- Europe, with 75% Internet penetration, is the region with the highest Internet penetration rate.
- The US, with 61% penetration, is positioned at the second spot amongst regions.
- Africa has nearly 16% of its citizens online — only half the penetration rate of Asia-Pacific, where one out of every three (33%) citizens has access to the Internet.
- More men than women have access to the Internet, but the distinction is not sharp.
- Globally, 37% of all women are online, compared with 41% of all men.
- The gender gap is more marked in the developing world, where 16% less women than men use the Internet, compared with only 2% less women than men in the developed world.
- 41% or nearly 750 million households are connected to the Net by 2013.
- Nearly half of these households are in the developing world, where household Internet penetration is close to 28%.
- 78% of households in the developed world are online.
- In 2013, around 1.1 billion homes globally, of which 90% are in the developing world, are yet to be connected to the Internet.
- Europe and Africa are the regions with the highest and lowest household Internet penetrations respectively.
- About 77% households in Europe in contrast to extreme low of 7% in Africa.
- With an annual growth rate of 27%, Africa’s Internet penetration grew fastest between 2009 and 2013.
- India is expected to double its Internet users from 160 million to 330 million by 2015.
- India’s National Telecom Policy ideates for 175 million broadband subscribers by 2017 and 600 million by 2020.