Foreword of this year’s Facts and figures by Doreen Bogan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.
Internet uptake has accelerated during the pandemic.
Internet use moving closer to gender parity.
Young people more connected than the rest of the population.
Share of Internet users in urban areas twice as high as in rural areas.
Broadband subscriptions pick up in 2021.
Most of the world population is covered by a mobile-broadband signal, but blind spots remain.
International bandwidth usage continues to grow strongly.
Despite a steady decline, the cost of connecting remains high in developing countries.
Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous.
Skills development remains crucial to connect the unconnected.
How the data are collected, estimates made and aggregates calculated.