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Internet around the world

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Internet around the world


Overall since 2000, the number of Internet users in the world has more than doubled. However, certain regions have grown faster than others.


The table below shows that Africa, the Middle East, and South America have grown far faster than Europe, North America, and Asia. This is due in part to the low absolute penetration rates that exist currently in that region. The low rates of penetration in the fast growing areas, imply opportunities for companies to gain market share. In 2006, Google generated 43% of its revenue from regions outside of the U.S.



Russia has Europe’s fastest-growing population of internet users – The number of users in the country grew 23 percent, from nearly 12 million last September to more than 14.5 million this past September, according to Comscore. More stats on the Russian internet ad business here. Russia has been seeing rapid economic growth largely through developing and selling its generous oil and natural gas resources to other countries. The average Russian is seeing some of this money in their pockets, which no doubt ends up in more people demanding internet access. How free of censorship the internet will remain in Russia is a big issue; the Russian government has chosen to crack down on media outlets that criticize it.



ComScore: Internet Population Passes One Billion; Top 15 Countries


Top 15 countries, by Internet population:

  1. China: 179.7 million
  2. United States: 163.3 million
  3. Japan: 60.0 million
  4. Germany: 37.0 million
  5. United Kingdom: 36.7 million
  6. France: 34.0 million
  7. India: 32.1 million
  8. Russia: 29.0 million
  9. Brazil: 27.7 million
  10. South Korea: 27.3 million
  11. Canada: 21.8 million
  12. Italy: 20.8 million
  13. Spain: 17.9 million
  14. Mexico: 12.5 million
  15. Netherlands: 11.8 million


Worldwide Internet Audience

  • Asia Pacific: 416 million (41.3%)
  • Europe: 283 million (28.0%)
  • North America: 185 million (18.4%)
  • Latin America: 75 million (7.4%)
  • Middle East & Africa: 49 million (4.8%)






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