UN says 2.7 billion people will be online by year's end
GENEVA (AFP) - Around 2.7 billion people - 40 per cent of the world's population - will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2013, the United Nations (UN) said on Monday.
Another 250 million people came online in 2012, but 4.4 billion people remain unconnected, said the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Ninety per cent of those not online live in developing countries.
The ITU also said there would be 6.8 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions - almost as many as there are people on the planet - by the end of the year.