The percentage of the global population using the Internet increased from 54% to 63% between 2019 and 2021, with millions of people logged in for the first time during the pandemic. International Telecommunication Union of the United Nations,
break it: Perhaps surprisingly, there is a large divide globally between residents of urban (76%) and rural (39%) areas. 15- to 24-year-olds (71%) are also more likely to use the Internet than older people (57%).
- Africa (33%) is far behind. Internet usage in every other region is at least 60%.
- Mobile broadband is the main source of Internet access in developing countries, and 4G networks now reach 88% of the world’s population. Yet, 390 million people are not even covered by 2G.
- Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous in much of the world, with countries including Egypt, Mongolia, Peru and Thailand having 90+% of the population with a cell phone – although less than 50% are in Kenya, Pakistan and Zambia.