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World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 Report released
ITU report says 80 percent population not using internet facility

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ITU report says 80 percent population not using internet facility

A report was being released as part of the ongoing World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 on Tuesday by Sami Al Bashir, Director of International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Development Bureau. According to him, more than 80 percent of the World's population are not yet using the Internet. This not the case only with rural areas and developing world, even a majority of hospitals, schools, public institutions and households located outside major urban areas are yet to be connected to broadband. In the World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS) for 2015 expressed concern that the developed countries showed a high level achievement in 10 indicators set by the WSIS for enabling broadband access to at least half of the world population by 2015.

The review concluded that the mobile cellular network coverage, presently at 86 percent would rise to cent percent by 2015 and more than half of the population would be using mobile phones by 2015 in line with the targets. The report lamented that data availability had constituted a major constraint in the mid term review as even date of the most basic indicators was not collected at the national level and this is particularly an alarming in the case of developing countries where ICT penetration levels are lower and which are lagging behind on several of the targets, stated the report.

The report said that the people have no reason to go online where there is nothing relevant for them to find on the Internet. This was evident from the fact that more than half of the the 1.7 billion Internet users speak languages with non-local scripts while the proportion of English speaking Internet users had fallen from eighty percent in 1996 to 30 percent in 2007. The report elaborated on the need for building an ICT literate society to promote the use of as many languages as possible.

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