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.

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.

The Global Village

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.