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More than Half the Global Population remains Unconnected to Internet, says United Nations Report

This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected

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More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected, mostly because high costs were a barrier to either service or owning a mobile device, according to the report by the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report analyzes information and communication technology, or ICT, development. The report noted, however, that the cost of mobile cellular plans has decreased steeply since 2015, noting a 20 percent fall in prices across countries it deemed "least developed." Broadband prices are also down, although they remained significantly high and "clearly unaffordable" in a number of the least developed countries. Progress was also noted for general connectivity, with nearly all of 175 countries covered by the index having improved their values on the ICT Development Index. The U.N. stressed the importance of internet and mobile access across the world, but also how ICT can be an indicator of education levels and socioeconomic status. "To bring more people online, it is important to focus on reducing overall socioeconomic inequalities," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "Education and income levels are strong determinants of whether or not people use the internet. ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals," he added, referring to a number of goals set by the U.N. to tackle poverty and inequality by 2030. VOA

Nov 24, 2016: More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

This year, 84 percent of the world’s population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected, mostly because high costs were a barrier to either service or owning a mobile device, according to the report by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report analyzes information and communication technology, or ICT, development.

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The report noted, however, that the cost of mobile cellular plans has decreased steeply since 2015, noting a 20 percent fall in prices across countries it deemed “least developed.” Broadband prices are also down, although they remained significantly high and “clearly unaffordable” in a number of the least developed countries.

Progress was also noted for general connectivity, with nearly all of 175 countries covered by the index having improved their values on the ICT Development Index.

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The U.N. stressed the importance of internet and mobile access across the world, but also how ICT can be an indicator of education levels and socioeconomic status.

“To bring more people online, it is important to focus on reducing overall socioeconomic inequalities,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Education and income levels are strong determinants of whether or not people use the internet. ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” he added, referring to a number of goals set by the U.N. to tackle poverty and inequality by 2030. (VOA)

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88% Indian Customers Use Mobile Devices For Online Payment

About 88% of consumers in India use their mobile phones for online payment

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About 88% of Indian consumers prefer to use their mobile phones for online payment. Pixabay

Around 88 per cent Indian consumers use mobile devices for online payment, according to a joint report by PayPal and IPSOS.

The report further said that bill payments and fashion are the key sectors where app purchases take place and over half the volume of online sales is made through in-app purchases. Around 51 per cent of online sales volume has been made via in-app purchases, it added.

“88 per cent of the surveyed Indians use a mobile device to make payments, way above the global average of 71 per cent,” the report said on Friday.

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81 per cent of the merchants in India are optimised to accept online payments made through mobile. Pixabay

The report is part of a global survey carried out during 23 July and 25 August, 2019.

‘PayPal the IPSOS mCommerce Report’ also said that 81 per cent of the merchants in India are optimised to accept mobile payments to meet the growing demand and responding to consumer preferences, against the the global average of 63 per cent merchants.

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As per the report, social commerce adoption has been increasing in India with about 57 per cent of the consumers having made purchased through this channel in the past six months, with over half of them doing so weekly. (IANS)