India, China home to 39% of young Internet users

India and China are home to 39 per cent of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet. The data released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), shows that of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India.

The ITU’s ICT Facts and Figures 2017 also shows a significant increase in broadband access and subscriptions with China leading the way. The ICT data shows that youths (15-24 years old) are at the forefront of Internet adoption. In Least Developed Countries (LDCs), up to 35 per cent of individuals using the Internet are aged 15-24, compared with 13 per cent in developed countries and 23 per cent globally.

“ITU’s ICT Facts and Figures 2017 shows that great strides are being made in expanding Internet access through the increased availability of broadband networks. Digital connectivity plays a critical role in bettering lives, as it opens the door to unprecedented knowledge, employment and financial opportunities for billions of people worldwide,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. The report adds that mobile broadband subscriptions have grown more than 20 per cent annually in the ..

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