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Sub-Saharan Africa tops global 'offline population' - ITU report

Sub-Saharan Africa tops global 'offline population' - ITU report

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<p>A report by the International Telecommunications Union, <span class="caps">ITU</span>, has revealed that sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of people offline out of the 3.6 billion without access to internet connection.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2019-PR19.aspx">press release</a> accompanying its latest report, <span class="caps">ITU</span> data showed that while the digital gender gap has been shrinking in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe, it is growing in the Arab States, Asia-Pacific and especially in the Africa region. </p> <p>It is widest in developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries, the report which highlighted the digital gender divide added.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"> Some hard facts to look at per the report: </h2> <ul> <li>Africa region has offline population of over 71% whiles whiles Europe has the lowest of 17.5%.</li> <li>Europe region has the highest Internet use (82.5 per cent), while Africa region has the lowest (28.2 per cent).</li> <li>Internet use in developed countries is nearing saturation levels, with close to 87 per cent of individuals online.</li> <li>By the end of 2019, <span class="caps">ITU</span> estimates that 57 per cent of households globally will have Internet access at home.</li> <li>Computers are expected to become less important to households thanks to smart phones.</li> <li>An estimated 4.1 billion people are using the Internet in 2019, reflecting a 5.3 per cent increase compared with 2018.</li> <li>Between 2005 and 2019, the number of Internet users grew on average by 10 per cent every year.</li> </ul> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3.6 billion people around the world still lack online access. <br /> <br /> In particular, women’s use of the internet is lagging behind & the gender digital divide is widening. <a href="https://t.co/0oYPd6bCo1">https://t.co/0oYPd6bCo1</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ITU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ITU</a> <a href="https://t.co/dgBK6OMu6k">pic.twitter.com/dgBK6OMu6k</a></p>— United Nations (</code>UN) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN/status/1191764109299027968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“<span class="caps">ITU</span>’s Measuring digital development reports are a powerful tool to better understand connectivity issues, including the growing digital gender divide, at a time when over half of the world’s population is using the Internet,” said Houlin Zhao, <span class="caps">ITU</span> Secretary General. </p> <p>“<span class="caps">ITU</span> statistics help policy-makers and regulators make informed policy decisions to connect the unconnected and track progress at the global level.”</p> <p><span class="caps">READ</span> <span class="caps">MORE</span>: <a href="https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/facts/FactsFigures2019.pdf">Measuring Digital Developments – Facts and Figures, 2019</a></p>

ITU's Measuring digital development reports are a powerful tool to better understand connectivity issues, including the growing digital gender divide, at a time when over half of the world's population is using the Internet.