GENEVA — The number of internet users worldwide will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010 after having doubled in the past five years, according to the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) latest statistics published on Tuesday. The World in 2010: ICT facts and figures reveals that the number of people with access to the internet at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010. The new data was released on the eve of the World Statistics Day, which was celebrated worldwide on Wednesday. Up to 162 million of the 226 million new internet users in 2010 will be from developing countries, where internet usage has grown sharply. By the end of this year, 71 per cent of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21 per cent of the population in developing countries. In developed countries 65 per cent of people have access to the internet at home, only 13.5 per cent have access in developing nations, where internet access in schools, work and public locations is critical. Regional differences are significant: 65 per cent of Europeans are online, compared to only 9.6 per cent of Africans. With the rapidly increasing…
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