Mobile broadband users will hit 4.4B by the end of 2018, says ITU

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The gap between those who are able to go online and those who can’t continues to shrink globally, thanks to the boost from smartphones and wireless networks and an effort to bring down the cost of services in the least developed markets.

According to a new report published today by the International Telecommuncation Union, the United Nations agency that oversees communications standards, teledensity and connectivity initiatives — there will be 4.4 billion mobile broadband users globally by the end of this year, a rise of 1.1 billion since it last measured figures three years ago.

Here’s the full overview of how mobile and fixed broadband use have evolved over the last three years, and looking to develop over the


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