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.
Internet World Stats has updated to 7,017,846,922 the estimated total world population for mid-year 2012. This is an important number because it is used for all the Internet penetration rate calculations. The following webpage shows the various population estimates for different years, as well as the 10 most populated world countries.
Internet World Stats is now tracking the Social Web. On September 30, 2012 Facebook had 937,407,180 subscribers worldwide. Go visit IWS for the details by each world region. Below is also a video about the Social Media:
Internet World Stats has released new Internet User figures for mid-year 2012. The number of Internet users in all world regions as well as the population and the graphs were updated at the Big Picture page.
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.
Since 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.
Forrester Research forecasts 50% Internet Penetration and 3,500 million Internet users in the world for year 2017.
It was Marshall McLuhan the man who coined the term “Global Village” in the early 1950s. Today, the term is a noun in most dictionaries and it refers to the shrinking world, home to all nations and peoples living interdependently.
IWS has updated the Top Twenty Countries in Internet list. There are some surprises, view it here.
Facebook keeps on growing worldwide. Internet World Stats has published the FB growth and penetration by geographic world regions. The penetration in each region is also shown.