Internet Usage Tops One Billion for the First Time
Worldwide Internet usage reached one billion people on December 2005, this represents approximately 15.7% of total world population. Growth in all countries and regions of the world shows a healthy increase in the last five years.
[ClickPress, Fri Feb 10 2006] Worldwide Internet usage reached and surpassed the first billion people on December 2005, according to data compiled by the Internet World Stats web site. Growth in all countries and regions of the world shows an increase of 182% between 2000 and 2005.
Presently 1,018 million people use the Internet, this represents approximately 15.7% of total world population. Detailed distribution and growth by world regions can be seen at the Big Picture Stats page. It is interesting to observe that the less penetrated parts of the world, which are Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, show the largest growth rates during the five year period analyzed by Internet World Stats.
The Middle East region possesses the highest growth rate, 454.2%, users having increased from 3,284,800 to 18,203,500 million people. Next in growth is Africa with 403.7%, where usage increased from 4,514,400 to 22,737,500 million people. Latin America and the Caribbean also exhibit an important five year increase from 18,068,919 to 79,033,597 Internet users, equivalent to 337.4% in growth.
Internet users in Asia increased by 249,967,713 people, the largest growth in absolute terms. Europe increased by 185,025,864 people, equivalent to a 176.1% growth, in the five year period studied. Oceania and Northern America, the more mature Internet usage regions, exhibit the lowest growth rates, 134.8% and 108.9%. For further details, visit Internet World Stats.
The above information corresponds to data duly sourced and compiled by the Miniwatts Marketing Group, a market research firm located in Bogota, Colombia that has published the Internet World Stats for over five years.