The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) released new connectivity figures this week in Istanbul, Turkey, at the fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. The ITU data showed that mobile cellular technology has grown 42.6 per cent in least developed countries. In 10 years, simple data connectivity among population in the countries has increased from an average of 1.2 per cent to 30 per cent. The number far exceeds the goal of five per cent, set at the 2001 Conference on the Least Developed Countries. Connectivity now reaches 250 million people in least developed countries, the ITU said. Still, the ITU said there is a need for Internet connectivity in least developed countries, noting that Internet penetration was at an average of just 2.5 per cent at the end of 2010, well below the 10 per cent goal set in the 2001 conference. The ITU is hosting the Global Broadband Summit in Geneva in October where a focus will be identifying new ways to help poorer nations with access to high-speed networks.