Up to 3 and a half billion people, no internet access
This year's Index also included 'Internet Survey Value 2020' to understand how to use the Internet.
The survey collected 4,953 people from 99 countries in Asia-Pacific, US, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and Saharan Africa.
According to Facebook, more than half of the world's population has access to the Internet of 4 billion 100 million, while on the other hand, more than 3 billion 500 million people are still missing out on 'Internet' opportunities.
The social media company noted that Internet access rates have dropped significantly in low-income countries. An important change from mobile data
The report states that mobile data was a game-changer for low-income people, but its access was still very expensive.
The average fixed-line broadband connection cost in the countries included in the index is 18.6% of the monthly gross national revenue, which is far from the 2% target set for entry-level broadband services for sustainable development by the UN broadband commission. ۔
It also notes that 4G coverage has grown to 54 countries and now includes 31.2 percent of low-income and 64.7 percent of low-middle-income countries.
Facebook said that where there have been significant developments, women still have less access to the Internet than men, with low-income countries 13% more likely than men to be included in the index. (Up 3% from last year) and the gender gap was 34.5%.
While the technology industry has played a significant role in ending the digital divide, innovation in government policy can have a similar impact.