Montenegro Internet Broadband

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.

UK Digital Inclusion Strategy

The strategy aims to get 2.7 million more people online in the next 2 years in the U.K. It notes that the Internet has transformed almost every aspect of public, private and work life, changing the way every workplace communicates. Internet is reshaping government through simpler, clearer, faster public services.  However, BBC research found that 21% of people in the U.K. lack the basic digital skills needed to benefit from the Internet. Lloyds Bank revealed last month, in its UK Business Digital Index, that half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and voluntary and community social enterprise organizations (VCSEs) do not have a website.

As part of the Strategy, a new UK Digital Inclusion Charter has also been published. This charter brings together 40 organizations from all sectors who are committed to reducing the number of people who are offline by 25% by 2016, and a further 25% every 2 years after that in the United Kingdom.

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.

 

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.

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Internet usage In Malta

According to the National Statistics Office of Malta,  during 2012, an estimated 78 per cent of the households had access to a computer at home. Nearly all households who had a computer at home also had access to the Internet. Overall, the share of households with children having access to a computer and to the Internet was higher than that for households without children.

The number of Internet users who made use of e-Government services during 2012 increased by 9.5 per cent over the previous year, to 128,507. The use of e-Government was most popular among persons between 35 and 44 (66 per cent) and was closely followed by those in the 25 to 34 age bracket (64 per cent). Results also show that the use of e-Government is most common among persons holding a tertiary level of education (83 per cent). This category also registered a marked increase of 6 percentage points when compared to 2011 levels. Read more.

Tips for Finding Compelling Internet Statistics

Kalena Jordan has published a very interesting post on her blog (Ask Kalena) with tips for finding Internet Stats. She lists several of the best sources, which will save you time and trouble researching for this type of data.

Besides the sources mentioned by Kalena, I would add and recommend the Pew Internet & American Life Project. They do excellent research and publish great studies.

More China Internet Users

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has reported 564 million Internet users in mainland China for year-end 2012. This Official Statistic brings our current Internet World Stats up to 2,433,376,688 users and a world penetration rate of 34.7%. New stats are posted here frequently, so visit this blog and the IWS website to keep up to date. Better still, get here a free subscription to the IWS Newsletter.