LONDON - Doğan News Agency
Some 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas where a connection service of 2G or better is accessible, but four billion people still remain offline, according to a recent report.
According to a report published on the Wealth Daily investment and investor portal, although a vast majority of the world’s population has wireless Internet flowing around them, around two-thirds of this number pursue their lives without Internet.
The slogan “online all the time, everywhere” seems to dominate modern life due to the ubiquity of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, but this might be an illusion according a map prepared by the Oxford Internet Institute, based on World Bank data.
Internet users a minority in many countries
The “Internet Population and Penetration” map illustrates that several nations have populations where Internet users are still a minority, as four billion of the world population (thought to exceed 7 billion) have either never been online or have no regular access to the Internet.
For instance, 80 percent of the population in Canada, the U.K., Germany, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, and Qatar are connected to the Internet.
This is followed by the U.S., France, Poland, Japan, Spain, Singapore, Australia, and Taiwan, where the Internet penetration rates are between 40 and 60 percent.
Online population between 40-60 percent in Turkey
The rate of Internet penetration in Turkey, meanwhile, remains between 40 and 60 percent. Other countries in this range are listed as Italy, Greece, and Russia, as well as a majority of South American
and Balkan states.
As the online population rate falls between 20 and 40 percent, the map points to countries such as China, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, along with Kenya and Nigeria.
The report underlines that some of the countries where only 20 percent of the population is connected to the Internet are India, Nepal, Iraq, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Central African countries.