A new report, released yesterday in New York at the 10th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development has revealed that over 50% of the world population will have Internet access by 2017.
According to the report, titled “The State of Broadband 2014,” more than 40% of the world’s population are already online, with the number of Internet users rising from 2.3 billion in 2013 to 2.9 billion by the end of 2014.
The report also shows that over 2.3 billion people will access mobile broadband by the end of 2014, which is predicted to rise to 7.6 billion by 2019.
There are now over three times as many mobile broadband connections as there are conventional fixed broadband subscriptions. The popularity of broadband-enabled social media applications continues to rise, with 1.9 billion people now active on social networks, the report shows.
The State of Broadband 2014 is the third edition of the Broadband Commission’s annual report, released annually in September in New York.