Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
Target: In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
Source: UN DESA,The Millennium Development Goals Report 2007, New York, June 2007.
Connectivity is increasing, with the number of Internet users and telephone subscribers expanding worldwide. The most rapid growth has taken place in the mobile sector, which has been critical to improving communications in regions with few fixed telephone lines. The number of mobile subscribers worldwide rose from 11 million in 1990 to 2.2 billion in 2005, compared to growth in fixed lines of 520 million to 1.2 billion over the same period.