Number of Netizens to Exceed Two Billion in 2010
While growth of Web access has increased in recent years, the ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure says that developing nations need to increase the pace at which they expand the availability of broadband. Toure called broadband "the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology," saying it's essential to job creation and economic competitiveness. A recent U.N. report, however, indicates that mobile phones and mobile data networks may actually be more important in pulling a nation out of poverty. It's obvious, though, that if a country wishes to push economic growth and remain competitive in the 21st century, Internet access, mobile or otherwise, will have to play a central role.