Of the world’s 7 billion people, only 2.7 billion have access to the
Internet today. A Deloitte study finds that extending Internet access in Africa, Latin America, India, and South and East Asia to levels seen in developed countries today would deliver these results:

fast_facts-icon1-b29c62c7 Long run productivity could be enhanced by as much as 25% in these developing economies.
fast_facts-icon2-8aea3498 The resulting economic activity could generate $2.2 trillion in additional GDP, a 72% increase in the GDP growth rate, and more than 140 million new jobs.
Personal incomes would increase by up to $600 per person per year, thus lifting 160 million people out of extreme poverty.
Evidence on the link between health literacy and mortality rates suggests that Internet access could save 2.5 million people and 250,000 children.
2.5 million HIV/AIDS patients could increase their life expectancy thanks to better monitoring and adherence to treatment.
Another 640 million children may be able to access the Internet and the wealth of information it makes available while they study.

Source: Value of connectivity: Economic and social benefits of expanding Internet access, February 2014. Deloitte.