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ISLAMABAD – Former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain – who head Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) – has said that the number of internet users in the world has surpassed three billion while another one billion mobile internet would be added to it soon.
Presently, 192 countries are providing 3G services catering for half of the global population, while 102 countries have 4G networks, he said. A recent study suggests that 71 percent of the world’s population would be using mobile internet by 2019, while per capita usage would be three times higher by then.
Hussain said that the available material, programmes, websites and other services of the internet were multiplied every day, revolutionizing the technology being used. So far, one million applications have been developed by manufacturers of different operating systems and usage of apps has exceeded browsing on PCs in many countries.
He said that the mobile apps were of great help to governments, masses, business community, farmers, and students. He said that the internet has played basic role in making world a global village. He said that the internet revolution came to Pakistan after privatisation of PTCL which introduced high-speed internet, new technologies and products.
He said that the government introduced 3G and 4G technologies which helped masses and business community besides generating revenue of over two billion dollars. He suggested that the National Assembly should adopt a Cyber Crime Act immediately.