NEWS | 12 Oct 2015

The State of Broadband 2015

While Internet access is approaching saturation in the developed world, it is only accessible to a third of the people in developing countries. The State of Broadband Report 2015 points at inequalities in ICT access and use worldwide.

Produced annually by the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission, the State of Broadband report explores progress in broadband connectivity on a global scale, offering country-by-country data on ICT access and use, broadband affordability and national broadband policies for over 160 economies.

Over half of the world’s population is offline
The report shows that 43% of the global population is connected, which means that 57% still do not have regular Internet access. While in the developed world Internet access is close to saturation, the result for the developing world is poorer. Among regions, Europe accounts for the largest proportion of individuals with Internet access, and Africa the lowest.

Source: The State of Broadband report 2015 (p. 43), full PDF

The top ten countries for Internet use are all located in Europe, including the five Nordic countries. Iceland has the highest percentage of individuals using the Internet (98%), just ahead of Norway (96%) and Denmark (96%).

Read more and download the report at the Broadband Commission’s website

About the Commission: The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was established by ITU and UNESCO in 2010, in response to the UN’s call to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Broadband Commission embraces a range of different perspectives in a multi-stakeholder approach to promoting the roll-out and use of broadband for development. To date, the Commission has published a number of high-level policy reports, best practices and case studies.