Geneva – The number of global Internet users is expected to
pass 2 billion this year, while the total number of mobile text messages sent
globally is set to top 6.1 trillion, according to a report from the
International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an arm of the United Nations.
Some 162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will be from
developing countries, where Internet users grow at a higher rate.
By year’s end,
71% of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21% of
the population in developing countries.
While in developed countries 65% of
people have access to the Internet at home, this is the case for only 13.5% of
people in developing countries where Internet access in schools, at work and
public locations is critical, ITU said.
A full 90% of the world’s population
now has access to mobile phones, and the world will count 5.3 billion mobile
phone subscriptions by the end of the year.
The 6.1 trillion texts that will be
sent this year is triple the number sent three years ago, and represents
200,000 texts sent every second.