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A third of the world’s population still does not have internet

The UN published statistics this Friday: 5.3 billion use the network but there are areas without infrastructure.

One third of the world’s population stay private internet in 2022 and the pace of new connections has slowed, according to the latest statistics from the UN posted on Friday.

“Some 5.3 billion people in the world use the internet and although growth remains encouraging, the trend suggests that, without new investments in infrastructure and a new drive to create new digital knowledge, the chances of connecting the world’s population by 2030 appear increasingly scarce,” the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a press release.

In 2022, 2.7 billion people do not have access to the internet; in 2019, before covid-19, there were 3,600.

The pandemic “gave us a good boost in terms of connectivity, but we have to keep up the same pace to ensure that everyone can benefit,” said Houlin Zhao, secretary general of this organization.

Regional disparities remain strong: Europe ranks first with the 89% of its population connected and the Americas show rates above 80%, but in regions such as Africa the connection reaches only 40% of the population.

The ITU has identified two main obstacles: the fact that the populations that are not yet connected are that they are in more remote and difficult to reach areas, and the difficulties in moving from simple access to regular and simple access.

To achieve a fully connected global population, the organization advocates “further investment in digital networks and technologies, regulation, and best example training.”

Starlink, satellite internet, arrives in Argentina

Mobile connectivity. AFP

Elon Musk’s satellite internet, Starlink, has everything ready to start providing service in Argentina with speeds that will double the fiber optic services that currently operate.

Although the company has been operating since March of this year, when the Dutch subsidiaries of SpaceX and Starlink decided to create “Starlink Argentina SRL”, it has now announced that it will begin offering satellite internet in fourth quarter of 2022.

According to the message on the web, where it is already possible to reserve the super fast Internet service for $99, the residential use of Starlink will be enabled in urban and rural areas of Argentina during the fourth quarter of this 2022.

To this we must add for once, $499 for the installation kit, which includes a tripod, a Wi-Fi router and a terminal to connect to the satellites.

The main goal of Musk’s project is to make the Internet connection accessible from anywhere on the globe, something he achieves through the use of one of the most important satellite networks on the planet, he confirmed on his official website. when will it start to function in the country.

Starlink is an internet service that is provided through a constellation of 1700 low orbit satellites, known in English by its acronym LEO (Low Earth Orbit, in Spanish Low Earth Orbit).

These work in conjunction with terrestrial transceivers and are located closer to Earth, helping to reduce latency; and, on the other hand, they rely on laser connectivity technology to offer higher speeds.

The company had initially promised a download speed of between 50 and 150Mbps; but in some places, it managed to exceed user expectations with speeds exceeding 160 Mbps.

Elon Musk’s satellite internet service works by sending information through the vacuum of space, where it travels much faster than fiber optic cable and can reach many more people and places.

Its objective is precisely to bring connectivity to isolated areas.

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