The Internet currently has more than two billion users worldwide, a number that compares with the 250 million existing in 2000, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which released the figures.
The organization also indicated data for other areas of the sector, referring that the mobile networks had, at the beginning of this year, more than five billion subscribers.
«At the beginning of the year 2000, there were only 500 million mobile phone subscribers and 250 million Internet users,» commented Hamadun Touré, ITU secretary general. In early 2011, there were more than five billion subscribers to mobile phone networks while Internet users slightly exceeded two billion «.
Half of the world’s population is expected to have access to mobile broadband by 2015.
It should be noted that in October 2010, Marktest had 4.7 million Internet users in Mainland Portugal, a figure that showed a growth of more than 10 times for the last 14 years.
While in 1997 5.6 percent of the Portuguese accessed the large network, in October 2010 they were online 57.1 percent (4.749 million), an increase of more than 920 percent.
In this period, the rate of growth of the Internet penetration rate in the country stood at 20.8 percent per year.