2.9 billion people remain offline, accelerating build-up of digital infrastructure seen as a solution

Data from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs) shows that while internet use surged in 2020, reaching 4.9 billion users worldwide, some 2.9 billion people – or 37 percent of the world’s population – still remain unconnected and in growing danger of being left behind.

The 2022 World Telecommunication Development Conference, held in Kigali, Rwanda addressed the issue and drafted a globally agreed Declaration and Action Plan that will hopefully reduce that digital divide. CGTN’s Uche Okoronkwo spoke to the International Telecommunications Union Regional Director for Africa earlier about the negotiations and collaborations taking place at this year’s event.