95% of the world is already covered by broadband mobile networks, but 40% of the population covered by these networks faces other barriers that prevent them from connecting.

LONDON, October 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Guaranteeing that people can use mobile Internet, instead of focusing solely on network coverage, is the key to boosting the digital inclusion of 3.2 billion people worldwide, according to statistics published today by GSMA.

El informe anual enlaceThe organization shows that 95% of the world’s population lives in areas served by mobile broadband connectivity and that, thanks to this coverage footprint, 55% of the world’s population is connected to mobile Internet. Proportionar cobertura al 5% restante (la “brecha de cobertura”) sigue siendo un reto importante.

Sin embargo, the major problem is the recent 3,200 million people, equivalent to 40% of the world population, who have coverage of a mobile broadband network but face obstacles that prevent them from connecting to the Internet (the “uso gap” ). Among them are found:

  • The lack of literacy and digital skills
  • Affordability (in particular, affordability of telephones)
  • Acceso a contenidos y servicios relevantes
  • Preocupun por la seguridad y el acceso

The repercussions of these challenges have far-reaching consequences, especially in low- and middle-income countries (PRBM), where the mobile phone is the main – and in many cases the only – form of Internet access.

94% of the world’s “disconnected” population – which is more likely to be poor, live in rural areas and women – live in LMIC. The lack of access to the Internet prevents them from playing an active role in an increasingly online world, which makes them less capable of dealing with the ongoing economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. the increase in the prices of energy and the crisis of the cost of life. These barriers also prevent access to information and fundamental services such as health, education, electronic commerce, financial services and opportunities to generate income.

GSMA Director General Mats Granryd said: “More than 55% of people around the world benefit from the transformative power of mobile Internet connectivity. Mobile operators around the world have expanded mobile coverage to 95% of the world’s population, and continue to invest cada día para aumentar esa huella.

“Ha llegado el momento de dar verdaderos pasos en el camino para légara los 3,200 million de personas que still no utilizar Internet móvil de pesar de vivir dentro de la hella de las networks de las bandha móvil. We make a call to governments and organizations of all the world to collaborate with the mobile phone sector and make digital inclusion a real priority. transformará la vida de millions de personas en todo el mundo.”

Tendencias importantes

Although the report highlights the importance of focusing more on addressing the “uso gap”, it also reveals a series of important trends:

  • The use of mobile Internet continues to grow and boost digital inclusion. At the end of 2021, 4,300 million people will be using mobile Internet, that is, 55% of the world population, compared to 43% in 2017.
  • Almost 300 million people connected last year. The majority of people who started using mobile Internet in 2021 came from low- and middle-income countries, where 94% of the unconnected population lives. As a result, for the first time half of the population of countries with low incomes and media use mobile Internet.
  • At the global level, the coverage gap has been reduced substantially in the last 7 years. The percentage of people outside the reach of mobile broadband networks was reduced from 19% in 2015 to 5% at the end of 2021. However, there is no room for complacency: 400 million people worldwide still do not live en una zone covered by a large mobile band network, and progress has slowed since 2018.

Although significant progress has been made in increasing the adoption and use of the Internet, the report, financed by the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development of the United Kingdom (FCDO) and the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation Desarrollo (Sida) through the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation, demonstrates that the growth has been uneven and that there is a growing digital gap between countries and within them. It concludes that it is necessary to make a collective effort to close the digital gap. For this reason, it is necessary that all interested parties, including mobile phone operators, political leaders, international partners and the private sector in general, act with knowledge of the cause and in a selective manner to satisfy the needs of people who are not connected and los obstacles a los que se enfrentan para accesser y utilizar Internet.

Addressing the gap in the use of mobile Internet will be one of the central themes of this year’s MWC Africa event Kigali (Rwanda), que comienza la próxima semana. Para más información sobre MWC África, including the form of assistance, consulte:

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This report is the result of a project of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation financed by the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development of the United Kingdom (FCDO) and the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (Sida). Las opiniones expresadas no son necessarily las de ninguna de las two organizaciones.

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