MDG 8 - Access to New Technologies

Date of commitment: 
September 2000


Target 8.F: In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications

  • 8.14. Fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants
  • 8.15. Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants
  • 8.16. Internet users per 100 inhabitants


No numerical targets were set.


Global trends in access to ICT:

  • mobile cellular penetration of 91 out of 100 inhabitants in developing countries, in 2014
  • 32 out of 100 inhabitants in developing countries uses the Internet in 2014

Despite rapid diffusion of ICT in the developing world, developing countries, and LDCs especially, still lag behind developed countries in fixed telephony, mobile cellular telephony and Internet access and use and prices remain high for some services.


Gaps in access to ICT in developing countries:

  • 9 per 100 inhabitants don’t have mobile cellular subscriptions in developing countries (2014)
  • There are 48 fewer internet users per 100 inhabitants in developing countries as compared to developed countries

Lack of numerical targets and indicators to monitor global commitments to increase access to new technologies and the contribution of the private sector.


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