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- 67 percent of the world's population is now online.
- This equates to 5.4 billion people. More than ever before.
- Growth in internet connectivity is strongest in low-income countries.
One hundred million new internet users in the past year
According to the UN agency ITU, 5.4 billion people are now online, an increase of 100 million from the previous year and the highest number ever recorded.
This means that two-thirds of humanity has access to the internet.
"This improvement in connectivity is another step in the right direction, and one more step towards leaving no one behind in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals," said ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin.
"We won't rest until we live in a world where meaningful connectivity is a lived reality for everyone, everywhere."
Strongest growth in low-income countries
Growth in internet connectivity is strongest in low-income countries, where data shows that the number of internet users increased by about 17 percent over the past year.
However, fewer than one-third of the people are connected in these countries.