Over 3 billion people unable to access internet, ICT symposium kicks off in Nairobi

About 3.9 billion people across the world cannot access the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services.

This is despite developing countries now accounting for the massive majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users, compared to one billion users in developed countries according to statistics released in July by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

This has been revealed at the on-going ITU Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium which kicked off on Monday morning at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, running until Thursday this week.

Under the theme: “Embracing Capacity Building Opportunities in the Digital Era,” the Symposium organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union aims to discuss how digital technology transformation will impact how socities thrive and how people live.

The first session dubbed “Capacity Building in Internet Governance: Stakeholder Perspectives”, has already been opened by the Telecommunication Development Bureau director, Brahima Sanou.

Various stakeholders and delegates in the ICT and Telecommunications industry are attending the three-days symposium that is being moderated by Dr David Souter, the Managing Director, ICT Development Associates.

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