The Africa Region has new population data for 2015. Internet user figures are also being updated as well as broadband speed numbers for March 2015. Some African countries show impressive growth in Internet users, and the reason for this is the popularity of prepaid mobile Internet.
According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Bangladesh has reached 40,800,000 Internet users in August, 2014. The largest part of them correspond to 39,300,000 mobile Internet users. WiMAX providers account for 271,831 subscribers. Internet service providers and PSTN operators together have 1,231,000 subscribers.
In Bangladesh there are 117,500,000 active mobile phone users, according to the BTRC statistics. For the latest Internet World Stats, click here.
The Broadband Commission For Digital Development has published its State of Broadband 2014 Report, dated September 21, 2014.
The 110 page report (pdf format) contains interesting insights about the Internet and presents seven Annexes with charts and tables regarding Broadband Policies, fixed and mobile broadband penetration, households and individuals worldwide using the Internet, based on 2013 ITU data. Recommended reference material, a free copy is available for download here.
According to Sutel, the Costa Rica Telecommunications Agency, there are now 4,028,302 Internet subscribers in the country, 88% of them correspond to Mobile Internet. For the latest statistics, visit Internet World Stats.
Spanish Speakers in the Internet amounted to 222,406,379 persons at year-end 2013, and represent 7.9% of the total Internet users in the world. Spanish is the third language in importance in the Internet, after English which is first and Chinese (Mandarin) that is second, according to Internet World Stats.
The largest Spanish speaking country in Internet is Mexico, with over 52 million persons using the Internet, followed by Spain with over 35 million Internet users. There are 21 countries in the world where Spanish is the official language. Read more.
Iranian government is making moves to make the Internet more accessible, recently lifting a restriction which capped home internet speeds at 128kbps while also awarding 3G licences to Iran’s two dominant cellular operators, MCI and MTN Irancell. Nevertheless, the country is pushing ahead with its national intranet project which aims to create a closed network of approved websites.
Iran’s Center for Research and Strategic Studies has found that more than two-thirds of the country’s young people regularly use the internet. Their survey found that of the 67.4% of Iranian young people who use the internet, 19.1% use the net for chatting, 15.3% for the social media, 15.2% for games and fun-surfing, and 10.4% use the World Wide Web for scientific researches. Survey respondents were aged between 15 and 29.
For Iran Telecoms, Mobile Broadband and Forecasts, read the report summary.
Ecuador has reached 12,116,687 Internet users as of June 2014, according to Supertel, the country’s Telecommunications Regulating Agency. The penetration rate is 77.4%, a very impressive figure that also includes the Mobile Internet users. Read more
Africa year-end 2013 Internet Stats ready for uploading. The current population for Africa is estimated at 1,125,721,038 and Internet users have reached 240,146,482. The penetration rate is now 21.3%, showing great progress for the continent in Internet access. Broadband speeds have also improved, according to the Ookla Net Index.
Internet users in China are up 2.3 percent totaling 632 million on June 30, 2014, from 618 million at year-end of 2013, according to CNNIC statistics report.
According to the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity (EKIP), Montenegro ended May with 93,290 broadband internet users, which is 93 more than in April . Of this number, ADSL users totalled 61,199 (73.41% of the total), followed by Wimax with 7,929 (8.50%), FTTx with 7,229 (7.80%), cable with 5,232 (5.61%) and Wi-Fi with 4,362 (4.68%). The number of dial-up users in Montenegro was 92, which is seven less than in April. The majority of users had Internet speeds of between 2 and 4 Mbps (39.47% of the total), followed by 1 to 2 Mbps (31.84%). For further information, see Montenegro Internet Stats.