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Belarus 23rd on global household Internet penetration list


According to BelTA Belarus occupies the 23rd position on the global household Internet penetration list according to the latest State of Broadband report issued by the UN Broadband Commission and published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In 2014 as many as 57.1% of Belarusian households enjoyed Internet access. The report reads that this year's figures show that the top ten countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East. The Republic of Korea continues to have the world's highest household broadband penetration, with 98.5% of the homes connected. Qatar (98%) and Saudi Arabia (94%) are ranked second and third respectively.

Among the ex-USSR countries only Kazakhstan with its 20th position is ahead of Belarus. Azerbaijan is ranked 26th, Armenia is 35th. Russia and Ukraine are not on the list.

Representatives of the National Statistics Committee of Belarus told BelTA that according to a sample census of households that measured living standards, about 60% of Belarusians aged 6 and above used Internet access in 2014. Two thirds of them used Internet on a daily basis.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a leading UN institution in the field of information and communication technologies. The ITU was founded in Paris in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union. For nearly 150 years the agency has been coordinating the joint use of the radio frequency spectrum on the global scale. The ITU also assists with international cooperation in distributing satellite orbit positions, contributes to the improvement of telecommunication infrastructure in developed countries, and creates global standards for unhindered interaction of a broad range of communication systems.

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