2015 Q2 India Internet Users

According to the report published by the Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the Internet users in India have grown 17% in the initial 6 months of this year, adding 52 million new users, and reaching 354 million users for June 30, 2015.

This extraordinary increase originates in the number of the mobile Internet users who  grew from 173 million in December 2014 to 213 million users as of end of June 2014. Nearly 128 million mobile internet users belonged to the urban population of India, the rest 45 million reside in rural areas of the country, according to IAMAI.

To read more, see Asia.

State of Broadband 2014 Report

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.

Internet Spanish Speakers

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.

632 Million Internet Users in China

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.

China is part of the five BRICS countries, together with Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa. This group of countries are considered the five mayor emerging economies in the world.

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.


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.


SEO Help for Ranking New Websites

SEO Help for Ranking New Websites is a video from Google webmaster tools that contains valueble tips and advice that will clarify the does and don’t for successful websites.

Good SEO should be included into all website designs. Good content plus good search engine optimization are the key ingredients for success with your website.

Every website owner should know about the correct way to do SEO, whether you build the site  yourself or have a web designer build it for you. Therefore look at this short video, it can represent the best cost benefit return to ten minutes of your time.

The New Literacy in the Internet Era

I take the Internet for granted and consider it as just another form of media, like the radio, the TV, the Press and so forth. It is really amusing to read the thousands of articles where clueless writers try to explain in words what the Internet is all about, to all of us, to you and to me. They also write about the digital divide and it’s perils. Some writers go further and point out that in geographic areas where access to the Internet has become more universal, a new type of digital divide is forming (they call it a second-level digital divide) and label it as a ‘digital inequality’. They forget that we are all living in a technological revolution.

In the beginning of times (by this, I mean before the Internet in 1994), literacy skills were simply reading and writing. Things have changed, and today as I see it, any person (child or adult) to be rightly considered educated and literate should know how to write and read as well as how to use a computer and access the web.

Of course  people are free to use the Internet or not to use it, to accept and use new technology or not, and that should be the way to go. I consider this the: “digital choice“. It  is the right of choosing that we all have in free countries. The truth of this issue is that, with very few exceptions, every year more and more people become new Internet Users in every country. These millions of persons have made their “digital choice“, which is of course the right choice.

The Internet is simply a consequence of the technological revolution that started in the middle of the last century. Previously we had the industrial revolution. And before that, we had the social revolution, when people populated and formed the urban areas. Today we live in the technological revolution, where technology is changing everything. Here is a three minute video that tries to explain how the Internet has changed our lives: Technology is Now.

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.