Making the World Connected

The world around us is becoming more connected than ever before, as over a third of the population now has access to broadband internet connections, a survey has found.

Data from Singapore-based company We Are Social found that 3.010 billion people can now get online using broadband – around 42% of the world’s population, with the figure set to pass through the 50% level early in 2015.

latest technologyOverall, 2014 saw a 20% increase in the number of people across the world connected to broadband, the study found.

In the USA and Western Europe, more than 80% of the population can access broadband, with connections in South America and Eastern Europe recorded between 50% and 60%.

Broadband in South East Asia

However, only 19% of South Asia (which includes India and Pakistan) had a broadband connection, and only 26 percent in Africa, marking both as key future growth markets.

The report also found that the worldwide penetration of mobile phones passed 50% in September, with users increasingly using their devices to get online.

Broadband in Nigeria

In terms of the total web pages services to mobile devices, the global average is now 33% of all pages. Nigeria tops the league at 76%, followed by India at 72%.

Mobile broadband connections, both 3G and 4G, rose significantly across the world, as the average broadband speed rose from 3.8MBps in 2013 to 4.5MBps this year.

Broadband in the UK

Coverage hit 89% penetration in the UK, with India coming at the bottom of the list for mobile broadband coverage, with just 8% of the population having access to an active connection.

Worldwide connectivity is only set to increase over the next few years, as more and more people reap the benefits the Internet brings. Last week, satellite company Inmarsat announced it would be launching its second network satellite on February 1 in a bid to expand Internet connectivity across the world.

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