Internet user growth is slowing and over half of the world's 7 billion people are offline, the United Nations (UN) has warned in a report released Monday.
Around 57 percent or 4.2 billion people do not enjoy regular access to the Internet and in the least-developed countries, only one in 10 people is online, the report found. At the same time however, mobile cellular subscriptions exceeded 7 billion for the first time this year.
Nonetheless the UN admitted that the milestone it set back in 2011 to get 4 billion internet users by 2020 is "unlikely to be achieved".
"This year's report finds mixed messages… Although strong growth rates continue for mobile broadband and Facebook usage, and mobile cellular subscriptions exceeded 7 billion for the first time during 2015, growth in global mobile cellular subscriptions and growth in Internet usage have slowed sharply," the UN's report said.
"We have reached a transition point in the growth of the Internet," the UN's report said.