Almost half the world will be online by end of 2016; poorer countries will lag, report shows

By Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – By the end of 2016, almost half of the world's population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. Globally, 47 percent of the world's population is online, still far short of a U.N. target of 60 percent by 2020. Some 3.9 billion people, more than half the world's population, are not.

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