Broadband for the World

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A United Nations report reveals that 40% of the globe will be connected to the web thanks to the availability and decreasing prices of mobile broadband services.

    According to a United Nations report, forty percent of the globalpopulation will be online by the end of the year thanks to widespread adoption of mobile broadband services.  The report also predicts there will be 6.8 billion mobile phone subscriptions by the same time, and that’s almost as many as there are people on Earth.  Mobile broadband prices have fallen almost 82% in the last four years and is more affordable than fixed broadband, making it more accessible to the masses. Experts noted that the least-connected nations are home to one-third of the world’s total population, who could really benefit from connectivity in regards to health, education, employment.  They say we need to figure out a way to enable these struggling countries to connect to help lift them out of poverty.