At the end of 2010 – while more than 2.6 billion people worldwide still lacked access to toilets or other forms of improved sanitation – there were almost 4 billion mobile cellular subscriptions in the developing world. Mobile cellular penetration in the developing world reached 70% at the end of 2010 – just six years after reaching 70% in the developed world. In 2002 there were just two countries in the world with mobile cellular penetration over 100%. Eight years later, almost 100 economies had mobile cellular penetration over 100% – and 17 economies had penetration rates above 150%. Global Internet user penetration reached 30% in 2010; internet user penetration in developed countries reached 30% just nine years earlier, in 2001. In the year 2000, internet user penetration was under 1% in 72 economies. Ten years later, there were just six economies with internet user penetration under 1%. Internet user penetration in the developing world as a whole reached 21% in 2010. Global internet penetration in 2010 (30%) was higher than global fixed (16%) or mobile (12%) telephone penetration in the year 2000. Mobile cellular and internet user penetration has grown impressively in all regions of the world over the past decade. Mobile cellular penetration in Africa in 2010 (45.2%) was higher than mobile cellular penetration in the Americas in 2004 (42.8%). Mobile cellular penetration in the Americas had grown to 94.5% by 2010. Mobile cellular penetration in Asia and the Pacific in 2010 (69.2%) was higher than mobile cellular penetration in Europe eight years earlier (67.0%). Mobile cellular penetration in Europe had grown to 117.7% by 2010. Internet user penetration in Africa grew over twenty-fold in the decade to 2010, from 0.5% to 10.8%. This gave Africa higher Internet user penetration in 2010 than in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) five years earlier. In CIS, meanwhile, internet penetration grew from 10.2% in 2005 to 34.0% in 2010. Internet user penetration in Asia and the Pacific grew from 3.3% in 2000 to 22.5% in 2010, bringing it close to internet user penetration in Europe nine years earlier (23.0%). By 2010, internet user penetration in Europe had grown to 67.0%.
According to ITU StatShot, there are still gaps between the developed and developing world – especially concerning internet use – although the developing world is only a few years behind. The first decade of the new millennium saw extraordinary progress made in ICT development globally.