Uk Breaks Into Itu’s Top 10 For Ict Development

Joe Thompson, who had moved to the UAE in 2009, was struggling to fly back home as he was gripped with an acute phobia that left him grounded. Despite four attempts to fly, the boys journey didnt take-off. His family even attempted travel through road and sea, but both didnt materialise due to visa complications. Joes family had reportedly shelled Dh235,000 in an attempt to cure his condition, which he had developed a year and a half ago. At the end of his seven-and-a-half hour flight, during which he had undergone hypnotherapy sessions, he landed at the Heathrow airport safely. He was reunited with his mother Pauline and sister Chloe, who had moved back without him. His family, after spending many years in Al Ain, had decided to move back to Somerset in July 2012. Joes mother and sister travelled to the UK, while his father stayed behind to help him. Over the last three months, Joe underwent hypnotherapy through Russell Hemmings, who also travelled with the boy. Talking to the British media, the boy claimed he was happy to be home . I just want to get home and see my dog. I haven’t seen him for two years and I just want to give him a big hug, he told them. The boy had showed signs of discomfort in March, when he was returning to Abu Dhabi after a trip to the UK. According to media reports, the same month he suffered a panic attack while boarding a flight to Sri Lanka. His condition was so bad, that he had to get off the flight.


This years IDI figures show much reason for optimism, with governments clearly prioritising ICT as a major lever of socio-economic growth, resulting in better access and lower prices, said Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the ITU. Our most pressing challenge is to identify ways to enable those countries which are still struggling to connect their populations to deploy the networks and services that will help lift them out of poverty. Slow progress towards worldwide internet connectivity The report showed there are now 2.7 billion people globally using the internet. As the ITU pointed out, however, this meant there was still a way to go to get universal connectivity. This means there are still 4.4 billion people who are not yet online, read the report. Priority attention needs to be given to the unconnected, and action needs to be taken to improve the accessibility and affordability of broadband internet services everywhere to usher in an inclusive information society. Mobile subscriptions almost equalled the worlds population at 6.8 billion. By the end of 2012, 50% of the worlds population was covered by a 3G connection , but this was something the ITU believed needed to grow to increase the availability of internet services. This is mostly down to reduced growth in developed countries, whereas developing countries were putting significant investment into fibre networks. The ITU still described the divide between the two as substantial, as while penetration will reach 10% globally this year, it will serve 27% of the population in developed countries compared with just 6% in developing countries. Prices of fixed connections fell significantly in the past four years, dropping by 82%. But the price is still out of reach for many in developing countries and must drop further to make connections more ubiquitous. ITU estimates that by end of 2013 almost 40% of the global population, and 31% of the population in developing countries, will be online in some form or another.