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Near 3 billion Internet users this year

Saturday, May 10 16:17:11

New research reveals that Internet users will number nearly three billion by the end of 2014, with more than two-thirds logging in from developing countries.

The report from United Nations's International Telecommunication Union says 44 percent of the world's households will have access to the Internet by the end of the year. While thirty one percent of the households in the developing countries are expected to have Internet connections by the year end, the figure is pegged at around 78 percent for developed countries.

In Africa, almost 20 percent of the population are estimated to have Internet access, a rise from 10 percent in 2010.

Mobile-cellular subscriptions is expected to rise to almost 7 billion worldwide, and more than half will be in the Asia-Pacific region, chiefly reflecting the boom in mobile subscriptions in the developing world. The growth of mobile subscriptions, however, is just 2.6 percent worldwide, suggesting that the market is approaching the saturation level.

Europe's Internet penetration will reach 75 percent by the end of 2014, while in the Americas, nearly two out of three people with be using the Internet. One third of the people in Asia and Pacfic will be online by the end of the year. Around 45 percent of Internet users is expected to be from the Asia-Pacific region.