According to a report delivered by the UN, about a third of the planet’s population does not have access to the internet, which is equivalent to 2.9 billion people.
The same document reports that some 4.9 billion inhabitants were connected this year, which constitutes 800 million more people when compared to the period before the coronavirus pandemic.
The data was compiled by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and shows that internet access continues to be uneven in different parts of the world, despite the fact that it had been thought that the current health emergency had allowed more people to be online.
According to the study presented this week, 96 of the disconnected people live in developing countries.
“There is still much left to do. ITU will strive to ensure that the necessary elements are in place to connect the remaining 2.9 billion. We are determined to ensure that no one is left behind, ”said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
The report also showed that many people face other types of problems such as poverty, lack of electricity or digital knowledge, which make it impossible for them to connect.
Meanwhile, the difference between men and women narrowed, but even this figure continues to favor men: 62 percent are connected compared to 57 percent of women.
Finally, the study showed that mobile data traffic worldwide has multiplied by almost 300 from 2011 to the present.