GSMA: 95% of the world has access to the Internet

The latest report released by the GSM Association shows that 95% of the world's people live in areas covered by mobile networks, but 40% of people are still offline. They said the wide gap had "profound implications", especially in low- and middle-income countries where mobile connectivity was more important than broadband.

The report also points out that global mobile internet usage continues to rise, driving digital inclusion, with nearly 300 million new internet users in 2021, and the coverage gap has narrowed significantly over the past seven years, from 19 percent in 2015 to 20 percent in 2021. 5%.

In the report, the GSMA highlighted four main reasons why so many people are still offline, including:

  • Lack of basic ability to recognize words and numbers
  • Purchasing power (especially that of mobile phones)
  • Available content and services
  • Safety and Security Issues

The report states that 94% of the world's people who are still not online may be from low- and middle-income countries (located in rural areas) and women.

Without internet access, these people lack access to information and services about healthcare, education, e-commerce, financial services, and income-generating opportunities, while also undermining their responsiveness to events such as pandemics, climate change, and the rising cost of living, the report shows ability.

Commenting on the findings, GSMA Director-General Mats Granryd said that "despite living within reach, these 3.2 billion people still need help." He called on governments and organisations around the world to work with the mobile industry to make digital inclusion a priority real priorities. He believes that removing mobile internet barriers will also boost economic recovery, improve social mobility and gender equality, and transform the lives of millions of people around the world.

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