The number of internet users across the world will surpass the 2 billion mark by the end of 2010, a new study has found.
The study, which was conducted by the International Telecommunications Union, found that the number of people accessing the internet worldwide had doubled in the last 5 years and is expected to surge past the 2 billion mark by 2010's end.
The ITU also said that the number of homes having accessing to internet increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to 1.6 billion in 2010.
Out of the 226 million new internet users in 2010, 162 million will be from developing countries, where the demand for broadband was higher thanks to the rise in high-bandwidth content and applications on the Internet. ITU considers broadband to be the catalyst for the phenomenal growth of the internet around the globe.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, said in a statement: “Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness.”