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2 Billion People Expected Online by End of 2010


This is the VOA Special English Technology Report, formerly called the Development Report. Before we changed the name, we went on our Facebook page and asked for story ideas. Some of you suggested that we talk about ICT, information and communication technology.

这里是VOA特别英语科技报道,以前叫做发展报道。在我们更改节目名称之前,我们登录了Facebook页面收集意见。一些听众建议我们讲述一下ICT,信息和通讯技术。


Well, the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, released its latest ICT Facts and Figures report last week.

上周,联合国国际电信联盟(ITU)发布了最新的ICT事实与数据报告。


Since two thousand five, the number of Internet users worldwide has doubled to more than one and a half billion people. At least two billion are expected to be online by the end of this year.

自2005年以来,全世界互联网用户已经翻倍,总人数已经超过15亿。预期,截止到今年年底,互联网用户将达到至少20亿。


The ITU says more than seventy percent of new Internet users this year will be in developing countries. Still, only twenty-one percent of the population of the developing world is online -- compared to seventy-one percent in developed countries.

ITU表示,今年,超过70%新的互联网用户将出现在发展中国家。然而,发展中国家的网民仅占总人口的21%,发达国家的网民则占总人口的71%。


Susan Teltscher is head of the agency's Market Information and Statistics Division in Switzerland.

Susan Teltscher是瑞士该机构市场信息和统计部门的负责人。


SUSAN TELTSCHER: "There are still very huge divides when it comes to accessing the Internet, especially high-speed Internet. In developing countries, you have only one out of five people using the Internet. If we look at certain regions like in Africa, for example, the figures are even lower. In Africa we have not even ten percent of the population using the internet."

Susan Teltscher:“在上网方面仍然存在巨大的差距,尤其是高速互联网。在发展中国家,只有五分之一的人使用互联网。某些地区,例如非洲,该数字更低。在非洲,互联网用户还不到总人口的10%。”


Less than sixteen percent of homes in developing countries are wired for the Internet. But, on the other hand, Ms. Teltscher says mobile phone usage has reached sixty-eight percent in developing countries.

发展中国家只有不到16%的家庭安装了网线。但是,Teltscher表示,发展中国家的手机用户已经达到总人口的68%。


The world has almost seven billion people. Nine out of ten now have access to mobile networks.

全世界共有大约70亿人口。其中九成的人口现在已经可以使用手机网络。


The ITU estimates that mobile subscriptions will reach five billion three hundred million this year. The majority are in the developing world. And Susan Teltscher says more and more people in developing countries are using their mobile phones to connect to the Internet.

ITU估计,今年的手机订阅将达到53亿。其中大部分在发展中国家。Susan Teltscher表示,发展中国家越来越多的人使用手机上网。


SUSAN TELTSCHER: "Because it's so difficult to put in place the cable infrastructure and the fiber infrastructure, the mobile networks really offer a great opportunity for them to connect to the Internet over the wireless networks."

Susan Teltscher:“由于准备互联网线基础设施和光缆基础设施非常困难,手机网络给他们提供了通过无线网络连通互联网的巨大的机会。”


Ms. Teltscher says mobile technology is already improving lives in developing countries. She points to examples like banking by phone, e-health services and farm reports by text messaging. And the possibilities will only grow as broadband, or high-speed, connections become more widely available.


Teltscher表示,手机技术现在正在改善发展中国家的生活。她举了一些例子,例如电话银行,电子健康服务,通过手机短信了解农田报告等等。随着宽带,或者高速宽带连接越来越普及,可能性只会逐渐增长。


ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure calls broadband "the next truly transformational technology." He also calls it the most powerful tool available in the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals by twenty fifteen.

ITU秘书长Hamadoun Toure称宽带是“下一场真正的革命性的技术”。他还称宽带是在2015年前达成千年发展目标最有力的工具。


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Join us online at voa.com or on Facebook or Twitter at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.

2 Billion People Expected Online by End of 2010


This is the VOA Special English Technology Report, formerly called the Development Report.


Before we changed the name, we went on our Facebook page and asked for story ideas. Some of you suggested that we talk about ICT, information and communication technology.


Well, the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, released its latest ICT Facts and Figures report last week.


Since two thousand five, the number of Internet users worldwide has doubled to more than one and a half billion people. At least two billion are expected to be online by the end of this year.


The ITU says more than seventy percent of new Internet users this year will be in developing countries. Still, only twenty-one percent of the population of the developing world is online -- compared to seventy-one percent in developed countries.


Susan Teltscher is head of the agency's Market Information and Statistics Division in Switzerland.


SUSAN TELTSCHER: "There are still very huge divides when it comes to accessing the Internet, especially high-speed Internet. In developing countries, you have only one out of five people using the Internet. If we look at certain regions like in Africa, for example, the figures are even lower. In Africa we have not even ten percent of the population using the internet."


Less than sixteen percent of homes in developing countries are wired for the Internet. But, on the other hand, Ms. Teltscher says mobile phone usage has reached sixty-eight percent in developing countries.


The world has almost seven billion people. Nine out of ten now have access to mobile networks.


The ITU estimates that mobile subscriptions will reach five billion three hundred million this year. The majority are in the developing world. And Susan Teltscher says more and more people in developing countries are using their mobile phones to connect to the Internet.


SUSAN TELTSCHER: "Because it's so difficult to put in place the cable infrastructure and the fiber infrastructure, the mobile networks really offer a great opportunity for them to connect to the Internet over the wireless networks."


Ms. Teltscher says mobile technology is already improving lives in developing countries. She points to examples like banking by phone, e-health services and farm reports by text messaging. And the possibilities will only grow as broadband, or high-speed, connections become more widely available.


ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure calls broadband "the next truly transformational technology." He also calls it the most powerful tool available in the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals by twenty fifteen.


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Join us online at voa.com or on Facebook or Twitter at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
 


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