3 billion on the Internet

The world will have three billion people connected to the Internet by the end of this year, according to a report published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU is an international organization that develops and tracks the spread of communication networks across the world.

This means almost half the population on Earth would be using the Internet. While countries in Europe will have the greatest part of their populations connected to the Net, it is in the Asia Pacific region (that India is a part of) that we find the largest group of Internet users.

The one thing growing as fast as the Internet is the use of mobile phones. The world will have 7 billion cellphone subscribers this year and half of them will be from the Asia Pacific region.

The parallel growth of the Internet and mobile phones is no surprise since many people in countries including India access the Internet through their mobile phones.