17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. Source
As part of the World Communication and Information Society Day, Irish Telecom has come out with an interesting infographic which sharing some interesting statistics and information about world connectivity.
The infographic revealed that in 2013, 28 per cent of households in developing countries have Internet access and by 2015, it’s expected 40 per cent of households will be connected to the Internet (compared to 20.5 per cent in 2010). For many people living in developing countries, the cost of broadband can be a huge percentage of their daily income. On an income of $2 per day for selected developing countries, fixed broadband costs range from 29.5 per cent to 134.9 per cent of income. The cost of mobile broadband for the same population in those developing countries range from 18.9 per cent to 48.9 per cent of income.
With the focus on improving access to the Internet, national broadband plans have rapidly grown from 17 per cent in 2005 to 134 per cent in 2013.