How The World Really Connects To The Internet

The internet: Not just for first world countries anymore. While high speed, broadband access may be much more ubiquitous in more developed countries, internet infrastructure and broadband connectivity is much more widespread than you may be aware of. Over the last decade, huge strides have been made, meaning many more students across the globe are being connected to the vast network of students, teachers, and the world. The handy infographic below paints a pretty good picture of what internet connectivity looks like around the world. Take a look, and try to imagine how many more people you could be connecting with around the globe in just a few short years.

Internet Connectivity Around The Globe

  • Currently, about 24-25% of households have internet access in developing countries.
  • By 2015, that number is expected to be around 40%
  • Regionally, Africa has the lowest number of connected households, and Europe has the most

For people living in poverty, an internet connection can be out of reach financially (with poverty being defined here as living on $2 or less per day)

  • Zambia is the most expensive, with fixed broadband costs representing 134.9% of a person’s income, and mobile internet 35.4% of income
  • China, Colombia, Nigeria, Peru, and the Philippines also have very high costs, all representing over 20% or more of income
  • National broadband plans help position countries for increased development and more widespread availability of internet connectivity.
  • In 2005, only 17 countries had national broadband plans
  • In 2013, 134 countries had national broadband plans


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