Middle East Internet Stats

Internet World Stats has updated the Middle East Stats for June 2012. This is a general update and the population for this world region is estimated at 223,608,203 persons for mid-year 2012. The Internet users are estimated at 90,000,455 persons and a penetration rate of 40.2%. Facebook subscribers also show growth and now stand at 22,793,140 persons for September 30, 2012. To see the details for each of the 15  countries and regions, please visit the Middle East Stats.

1,000 Million Smartphones in Use in the World

Smartphones in use in the world reached over 1,000 million, according to third quarter figures released by research firm Strategy Analytics Inc.  The number of smartphones in use increased by around 330 million from the third quarter of 2011 and by 79 million from the second quarter of this year.

It took 16 years to gain the first billion smartphone users, however it is expected that only three years will be needed for that number to double to 2 billion.  More smartphone penetration is expected in the future, specially in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa.

Country Codes – ISO 3166

iso logoSince the very beginning (11 years ago), at Internet World Stats we have always used the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes to identify the over 233 countries we cover.  The use of standards is always the best decision and the best practice. It helps you to avoid future problems.

The country codes found in ISO 3166-1 are used by many organizations, businesses and governments. For example all national postal organizations throughout the world exchange international mail in containers bearing its country code for identification. In machine readable passports, the codes from ISO 3166-1 are used to determine the nationality of the user. In addition, Internet domain name systems use the code to define top level domain names such as ‘fr’ for France, ‘au’ for Australia, ‘br’ for Brazil and so forth.

Click this link for further reading about the use of ISO 3166 and visit IWS to see the full country list.