UN Report on Young Internet Users

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According to latest UN report, India and China are home to 39 per cent of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet.

Of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India.

The ICT data shows that youths (15-24 years old) are at the forefront of Internet adoption.

In Least Developed Countries (LDCs), up to 35 per cent of individuals using the Internet are aged 15-24, compared with 13 per cent in developed countries and 23 per cent globally.

The report adds that mobile broadband subscriptions have grown more than 20 per cent annually in the last five years and are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017.

Between 2012 and 2017, LDCs saw the highest growth-rate of mobile broadband subscriptions. Despite this, the number of mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in LDCs is the lowest globally at 23 per cent.

The number of fixed-broadband subscriptions has increased by 9 per cent annually in the last five years with up to 330 million subscriptions added. There has been an increase in high-speed fixed broadband subscriptions parallel to the growth in the number of fibre connections.

Most of the increase in high-speed fixed broadband subscriptions in developing countries can be attributed to China, which accounts for 80 per cent of all fixed-broadband subscriptions at 10 Mbit/s or above in the developing world.

In 2017, the global Internet penetration rate for men stands at 50.9 per cent compared to 44.9 per cent for women.

International Internet bandwidth grew by 32 per cent between 2015 and 2016, with Africa registering an increase of 72 per cent during this period, the highest of all regions.

Global telecommunication revenues declined by 4 per cent from USD 2.0 trillion in 2014 to USD 1.9 trillion in 2015.

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