The commission set up by the International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had suggested target for developing countries in an attempt to bring broadband access within the orbit of least 40 percent of households and achieving internet penetration of 50 percent by 2015. The report titled 'The State of Broadband 2013: Universalizing Broadband,' observes that these targets are "unlikely to be achieved' by 2015.  

However, 78 percent of households in the developed countries have Internet access, the figure is just 28 percent for the developing countries. "A total of 1.1 billion households are yet to get internet connections, out of which around 90 percent are in the developing countries," the report highlighted.

In terms of mobile broadband penetration, India has been ranked at 106th among all countries in the world. Singapore, Japan and Finland topped the world in mobile broadband penetration on a per-100-inhabitants basis with Australia arriving at 6th, USA at 9th and UK at 14th.

ITU says that mobile broadband subscriptions, which allow users to access the web via smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi-connected laptops, are growing annually by 30 percent. “The new analysis in this year’s report shows progress in broadband availability but we must not lose sight of those who are being left behind,” Dr Hamadoun I Toure, ITU secretary-general, said in a statement.


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