2030 the End of Extreme Poverty

There are many initiatives in the Internet which are based on the use of the Internet as a tool for ending world extreme poverty. The World Bank and the United Nations are sponsoring them.

World Bank Video

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Country Codes – ISO 3166

ISO 3166 is the International Standard for country codes and also includes codes for their subdivisions. Using the official two letter code instead of using each country’s name (which will change depending on the language being used) saves time and avoids errors. The ISO 3166 code is a combination of letters and/or numbers that are understood all over the world, and do not change.

The abbreviation ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization which is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards and today has members from 161 countries. International Standards are of great help because they offer a simple way to provide specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective.

The ISO Standards are developed through global consensus and they help to break down barriers to international trade. They cover not only country names but also many other subjects. At present, there are over 19,500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business.

At Internet World Stats we use the ISO 3166 Standard through-out the web site for identifying individual countries and regions, as well as for creating the World Country List.


China Internet Users Hit 604 Million

China continues to be Internet leader in the world having reached 604 million users in September 2013, up 13 million users since June 30 2013. This huge net population uses mobile phones in its majority to access the Internet.

Internet World Stats has added broadband information for some countries that can be seen in each of the ten regional geographic pages. Historic Internet usage data for China is also available. This new metric is important because it gives an indication about the quality of Internet access in each world location.

Fast Broadband in Denmark

In Denmark  the number of broadband connections providing an Internet service of at least 30 Mbps had risen by 78 percent in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period a year earlier, and reaching 480,000. Broadband service at this speed now account for a little over 21 percent of all broadband subscriptions sold, up from 12 percent a year earlier, according to the Danish Business Authority. Slightly more than 1 percent of homes and business have broadband service at 100 Mbps.

Fixed broadband penetration in Denmark is now over 40 percent. From the middle of 2012 until the middle of 2013, the number of fixed broadband connections went up by 3.8 percent. There were 50,000 new fiber subscriptions and 43,000 new Internet subscriptions via cable TV networks. Mobile Internet traffic grew by 127 percent over the same period, reaching an average of 3.3 GB.

For further reading, see the Denmark  Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts Report, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and statistics in Denmark’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, including the subscriber forecasts to year 2020.

SEO Help from Internet World Stats

Internet World Stats has updated its SEO page, check it out. A recommended new addition to see there is a short video from Matt Cutts with great tips for SEO.

Age Factor and Social Web Growth in the United States

This is very interesting research from PEW about social networking:


Croatia in the European Union Stats

As of July 1st, 2013 Croatia became a member state of the European Union. Now the symbol must be EU28. We have updated the European Union page and included a new metric for broadband speed in each country.

Internet Users in 2020

eschmidtOnly seven years from now it will be 2020, a very intertesting year because it will be the end of the twenty-tens and the start of the twenty-twenties. The big question is how many people will be online at that time?

 Eric Schmidt has boldly predicted that everyone in the world will be online by 2020. This has already caused an uproar of neysayers. I agree with Eric Schmidt, in part. He should have added the word nearly, making the frase: nearly everyone will be online in 2020. But maybe Eric Schmidt is right because he is better informed and has reasons we ignore, to back-up his bold statement.

Internet users are growing in Africa and Latin America at a fast pace with support from the local governments. Already in Colombia Internet Penetration in the larger cities (with over 200,000 population) has reached 80%Internet World Stats data shows 34.3% penetration worldwide for mid-year 2012. For mid-year 2020, we predict Internet world penetration will be in the range of 75-85%. For the majority of developed countries, our forecast is a 90% Internet user penetration rate.


Iran Internet Users

IRNA has informed that more than 45 million people are using Internet in Iran as of March 2013. This shows a healthy increase since our last report for IRAN.

The number of GPRS users amounts to 27.5 million, accounting for 36 percent of total Internet users in Iran. Some 867,000 people are using high-speed Internet, and about 6 million people are using Internet via optical fiber network.

Iran has been developing the “national Internet” since 2005 to improve control over its content as well as its speed. The project, which is separate from the World Wide Web, is scheduled to be completed by 2013. This network will be separated from the rest of the world Internet and is specifically for domestic use.