Internet to hit 2B users by end of 2010

Computerworld, 10/19/10

90% of world’s population has access to mobile networks, says U.N. report

Nearly one-third of the world’s population will be online by the end of the year, according to a United Nations report.

The number of people using the Internet around the world doubled in the past five years and should surpass 2 billion users by the end of this year, noted a report from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a U.N. agency focused on information and communications technology issues.

“This is quite a milestone for the Net,” said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. “To put it in context, it’s estimated that there are almost 7 billion humans on Earth today. To think that almost a third of them have access to the Net is remarkable. It becomes an astounding thought when you consider that we’ve come from essentially zero Internet users 20 years ago to where we are today.”

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