Digital Divide Progress Report: 15 Year Review
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices.
The ICT industry has experienced incredible growth over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 400 million global Internet users; today there are 3.2 billion. There are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide today, up from 738 million in 2000. In 2014, the price of a basic (fixed or mobile) broadband plan was less than 5 per cent of the average Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in 111 countries, meeting targets set out by the Broadband Commission. Personal ICTs from laptops to mobile handsets continue to innovate year-on-year.