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Tech & Science Digital Gilding: There are still 3.7 billion people without Internet access

16:40  21 september  2021
16:40  21 september  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The digital gap between the arm and Reich remains persist. The problem is in many cases but no longer in the lack of network coverage, but in the availability of affordable terminals.

3,7 Milliarden Menschen haben noch immer keinen Zugang zum Internet. © Shutterstock.com 3.7 billion people still have no access to the internet.

worldwide today use 51 percent of humanity the Internet. However, there are still big differences between the individual ground regions. While 87 percent of the population have Internet access in the rich countries, it is only 19 percent in the least developed nations. This is apparent from a Current Report of a Joint Commission of UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union.

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overall still have 3 , 7 billion people do not access the internet. This is, according to the report, but not necessarily due to a lack of infrastructure. In fact, only 15 percent of those affected in their region have no way to go to the Internet. The remaining 85 percent, on the other hand, are in regions where there is at least one mobile network.

so that these people come to the Internet, according to study, above all, the availability of affordable terminals would have to be improved. The study authors propose microcredits as a possible solution. But also a reduction of customs duties and a reduction of patent fees are shown as a solution. In addition, the study authors still see great potential in the extension of retired but still functional smartphones, as 152 million Internet-enabled terminals are disposed of alone in the US alone.

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The study of UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union has also investigated which impact has a good or poor Internet supply in Coronaziten. While in some countries between 50 to 70 percent of workers could work in the home office, the sub-supplied regions was much less likely possible. That in turn also has an impact on economic performance. Home Office secures in times of limited mobility according to study between 20 to 25 percent of gross domestic product.

also Homeschooling was a problem in many countries around the world. At least 31 percent of all school children worldwide do not have the opportunity to receive lessons over the Internet. There are long only children from developing countries. Even in rich nations, millions of children do not have the terminals necessary for digital teaching.

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