Back in 2013 former Google chairman Eric Schmidt envisioned the whole world would be connected by the end of the decade. Back then only roughly one third of world’s population had access to the world wide web. Now, 5 years later, 46 percent of the world are still left in digital darkness and it is thought that a fully connected world will not be seen within this decade, at least. As this infographic shows, especially Asia and Africa remain widely unconnected to the internet.
But there is still a gleam of hope left that we will see a fully connected world by the end of 2020. Increasingly affordable smartphones
in combination with the provision of wireless internet
becoming simpler seems to be the solution to connect even remote areas and economically disadvantaged strata of the world’s population in no time.