Cambium Networks ePMP Global Connectivity: The Road Ahead for The Under-connected and The Unconnected
Global Connectivity: The Road Ahead for The Under-connected and The Unconnected
By the end of 2013, 2.7 billion people, or about 40% of the world's population, will have Internet connectivity. That still leaves 4.4 billion people unconnected. The challenge is not simply about billions of people not having access to the Internet - it's in understanding the problem from the perspective of communities without any Internet access (the unconnected) and those of communities with only basic connectivity (the under-connected). Offering these two distinct populations access to the social, business, healthcare, government and educational resources and opportunities the Internet offers can help them play their own roles in changing the world.
The global impact of this lack of connectivity is apparent in another set of figures. In developed countries, almost 77% of people have connectivity, but in emerging communities, only about 30% of the population has Internet access.3 As emerging communities strive to make their way in the global economy, lack of access to information and communication technologies (ICT) is clearly holding them back. The reality is that more than 90% of the 1.1 billion households without Internet access are in developing countries. This dearth of connectivity is a major contributor to the still large disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" around the world.
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