We expect the Internet to be available to us everywhere because we’re always online. According to a brand new Statscan Survey, over 98% of Canadians use the Internet daily, mostly through smartphones (76% of us have them), laptops (71%) or tablets (54%).
And we expect our Internet access to be lightning fast. Do you freak out when a page takes more than two seconds to load? I do. Truly a first world problem.
But the Internet is not universal yet. There are some places on the planet where you cannot get service–or at least service that’s very useful.
According to Akamai (via The Telegraph), there are 35 countries in which less than 20% of the population uses or has access to the Internet because of poor (or lack of) infrastructure. If you find yourself in any of these countries, don’t expect to be able to YouTube cat videos.
Then again, that might be a good thing. I could go for an unconnected beach vacation in Sri Lanka or Nicaragua…
- El Salvador
- Burkina Faso
- Cote d’Ivoire
- D.R. Congo
- Sri Lanka