[Bangla Daily Star] About one-third of the world's population now has access to the internet, but more needs to be done in order to achieve internet penetration targets as set out in the Millennium Development Goals, the International Telecommunications Union has said in a new report.
Currently, 20.5 percent of households in developing countries have access to the internet, which the ITU says puts them on target to achieve the 40 per cent target by 2015.
With 3.3 percent households having internet access, Bangladesh stands at 97th position in a chart ranking 127 countries evaluated in 2011.
The findings are part of a comprehensive report released by the ITU's Broadband Commission for Digital Development yesterday.
The "State of Broadband 2012" report evaluates the deployment of broadband services around the world and tracks progress towards achieving targets set by the commission regarding increasing the affordability and use of broadband.
More than 170 countries have been evaluated in the report.
The report ranked countries based on their rates of internet use. Iceland, at 95 per cent, boasts the world's highest internet usage rate, while Timor Leste has the lowest rate at 0.9 percent.
The United States ranks at 23 in the world in percentage of individuals online in 2011.
It said that by 2020, connected devices would outnumber connected individuals by a ratio of six devices to every person online. The report found that while household access was increasing at an acceptable rate, individual internet use was continuing to lag behind.
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