Facebook has released a map showing the distribution of 4G, 3G, and 2G connections around the world, based on data from February 2016.
“Internet access can offer life-changing opportunities and experiences to all of us, but there are still 4 billion people without it. That’s 60% of the global population,” said Facebook.
As many as 1.6 billion of those unconnected people live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks.
“We formed the Facebook Connectivity Lab to build new technologies – including aircraft, satellites, and wireless communications systems – to help solve this problem more quickly.”
Facebook has also invested in advanced technologies to gather broadband data, which provides insight into global connectivity needs.
The maps below show the distribution of 4G, 3G and 2G connections around the world, and South Africa.