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.
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Personal incomes would increase by up to $600 per person per year, thus lifting 160 million people out of extreme poverty.
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Evidence on the link between health literacy and mortality rates suggests that Internet access could save 2.5 million people and 250,000 children.
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2.5 million HIV/AIDS patients could increase their life expectancy thanks to better monitoring and adherence to treatment.
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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.