A recent study by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed that internet usage in the developing world has dropped significantly in recent years.
According to a new study published in the journal Telecommunication Management & Society, the number of mobile phone subscribers in Africa and the Middle East has dropped by 70% since 2006.
In fact, the numbers of internet users in the two countries are so similar that a comparison of the data from the same countries in 2018 reveals that the average internet user in Africa is only 5 minutes behind in terms of internet speeds.
The ITU also revealed that more than two-thirds of the population is using internet access services in some form, while nearly three-quarters of the global population now lives in an area where there is a lag in internet speeds in a month.
It’s not surprising that many developing countries are suffering from a rapid population ageing.
In many developing economies, internet service availability is limited.
In countries like Brazil and China, people are spending more time on their mobile phones than on the internet.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that mobile internet speeds are much slower in some countries than others, which can make it more difficult to connect people.
“There is a real need to get on with addressing the issue of slow internet access,” said James Eaves, the ITU’s chief information officer.
“This is a matter of urgency.”
As the world is slowly waking up to the fact it’s increasingly important to be able to use the internet in many different ways, it’s important to keep a closer eye on internet usage trends in developing countries.
And for many developing nations, the issue is far from resolved.