Global internet access in 2015

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Four-and-a-half billion. That’s the estimated number of people on the planet who have never been online.

The conclusion was reached by Facebook and well-known consulting firm McKinsey & Company, after extensive research. The resultant report, entitled Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption, is intended to expand internet access to all corners of the earth.

The report has revealed some interesting new data. More than half of China’s 1.3 billion citizens have never ‘surfed’ online, for example. In India, more than 1 billion are ‘internet ignorant’ and in the US, more than 50 million people have never logged on.

The Facebook/ McKinsey study will hopefully bring online learning to millions of children around the world. The report will, for example, bring more clarity to Google’s Project Loon, a network of internet-beaming and stratosphere-based balloons that have been tested in New Zealand, California and north-east Brazil, and Facebook’s plan (nicknamed internet.org) to develop solarpowered internet planes, based on the overwhelming success in Africa of ‘Facebook Zero’, a text-only version of the website that can be accessed for free on any cellphone, regardless of whether it has ‘smart’ capabilities.

Category: Winter 2015

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