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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
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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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#Whatsappdown : Here is what happened when people took to Twitter to check if Whatsapp is down

Whatsapp, the most popular instant messaging app, is more than a need; it is a necessity. You may miss reading the morning newspaper, but we are sure you can never afford to not check your Whatsapp messages.

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Were you experiencing troubles with Whatsapp? Fret not, you werent alone. Pixabay

New Delhi, October 3, 2017 : Who doesn’t check their Whatsapp first thing in the morning immediately after waking up?

Whatsapp, the most popular instant messaging app, is more than a need; it is a necessity. You may miss reading the morning newspaper, but we are sure you can never afford to not check your whatsapp messages.

In such a scenario, Whatsapp users around the globe, including India, were faced with horror when they were unable to log into the app on November 3.

Whatsapp users from all around the world complained of connectivity issues as they encountered problems sending or receiving texts and were unable to log into the Facebook-owned Whatsapp.

WhatsApp was previously down for a few hours in May this year too, as users in all parts of the world went into frenzy and panic.

On Friday again, several users took to Twitter to confirm if there really is a problem or they are lone sufferers, and soon began a trend as reactions ranging from pure confusion, to agony to frustration to humor surfaced on the internet. The hashtag #whatsappdown was also trending on the micro-blogging site.

We bring you a glimpse of how the users took to Twitter to vent their frustration,

Seems like everybody was hooked onto Twitter for only one reason. Yes, we were all in this together!

Everyone is checking Twitter to see if whatsapp is down 🤣😅😅#WhatsappDown 👨🏽‍💻 pic.twitter.com/VOmkuEG8Uk

— Smik The Deejay® (@dj_smik) November 3, 2017

Twitter users were quick to explain their frustrating using hilarious GIFS.

We cannot argue how factually sound this user is.

Optimism at its best, we would say!

When it’s back up and you’ve zero notifications #WhatsappDown pic.twitter.com/DYmv1KmsYa

We all know how that feels.

But Whatsapp is back again, and lets all heave a sigh of relief!