Almost 3 billion of the world population (40%) will have access to Internet by 2015, according to the latest ITU Report. Out of the expected 3 billion population, 66% (2 billion) will be alone from the developing countries and the mobile Internet usage will rise to 2.3 billion globally (55% mobile Internet subscription from the developing countries).
By the end of 2014, the number of Internet users will reach 3 billion globally and almost 40% of the world population shall be using Internet. The use of Internet in the developing countries will be on rise and will account for 2/3rd of the Internet users globally. In the past 5 years, the Internet users in the developing countries have doubled from 974 million (2009) to 1.9 billion (2014).
The Internet user penetration is almost 40% (78% in developed countries and 32% in developing countries). But, there are almost 4 billion people not using the Internet globally and almost 90% of them are from the developing countries.
If we analyse the percentage of Internet users by region, Europe has the highest Internet penetration 75% in the world. America stands next to Europe in Internet penetration, with almost 66 percent of the Internet penetration. The report outlines that in Africa, the number of individuals using Internet will get doubled (up to 20%) from 2010 figures. The Internet penetration will be below 50% in Asia-Pacific region. By the end of 2014, only 46% of the population in Asia-Pacific will be using Internet.
The Internet subscription growth rate has also made its way into the households. By the end of 2014, almost 44% of the world population will have Internet access at their home. Europe will have the highest number of Internet subscriptions in households (78%) and America stands at second position with 57% of Internet at home. The percentage of households with Internet access in the Asia-Pacific region will be just 36%. Africa will be the lowest with just 11% of households with Internet access by 2015.
Mobile cellular subscription will see a robust growth and is expected to cross 7 billion mark by 2015. Asia-Pacific region will alone have 3.6 billion active mobile subscriptions and will account for 78% of the global subscriptions.
South Korea rules the world of Internet. South Korea has the highest (22.1 Mpbs) average Internet speed in world. Average peak Internet connection speed in South Korea was reported to be 63.6 Mbps. South Korea has also the largest penetration percentage (70%) of high speed broadband (>10 Mbps) and high-speed broadband (>4 Mbps) penetration percentage of almost 93%.