Recent estimates from the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D) indicate that in 2018, more than 48% of individuals all around the world were still not using the Internet (see the Measuring the Information Society Report 2018).
Around the world, the percentage of people using the Internet is on the rise, with the fastest growth reported in Africa (from 2.1 percent in 2005 to 24.4 per cent in 2018). Mobile access to basic telecommunication services is becoming more and more important while fixed broadband subscriptions continued to increase.
The Charter is a mechanism created between the satellite industry and the wider humanitarian community to make satellite-based communications more readily available to humanitarians and affected communities in times of disaster.
ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Doreen Bogdan-Martin explains the reasons behind the revision of the much-cited figure of how many people remain unconnected - and why tackling that number is more important than ever as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.