Just when we felt the world is evolving into an internet enabled generation, the International Telecoms Union (ITU) has revealed that more than 4 billion people are still offline.
This was made known in a report titled ‘State Of Broadband‘. According to the union, broadband internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most in the developing nations. In the world’s rich nations, internet access is close to reaching near-saturation. However, it isn’t making so much advancement as billions of people living in the developing countries are not getting much benefits.
According to the International Telecoms Union (ITU) Secretary – General, Houlin Zhao,
The UN Sustainable Development Goals remind us that we need to measure global development by the number of those being left behind.
The market has done its work connecting the world’s wealthier nations, where a strong business case for network roll-out can easily be made. Our important challenge now is to find ways of getting online the four billion people who still lack the benefits of Internet connectivity, and this will be a primary focus of the Broadband Commission going forward.
The report further more reviewed that the internet is only accessible to 35% of people in developing countries leaving 57% of the world’s population out of the benefits the internet has to offer.
Let’s come down to our dear country Nigeria. While a recent report by NCC states that the number of mobile Internet users in Nigeria has climbed up to 92.6 Million, most people still don’t have access to the internet on their ‘Chinko’ phones. If you are sorta an outgoing person or uses public transport every once in a while or regularly, you’d realize this report isn’t far from the truth.
While we may be feeling like, lack of internet connectivity or devices without the ability to access the internet is more familiar with the aged, look again, some young people are more comfortable with their ‘Nokia torch light’ rather than a sophisticated smartphone. Of course, reasons are best known to them.