Internet Goverance Forum (IGF) – a United Nations arm which monitors internet – in its new report says that people having access to internet is growing rapidly, much faster than previously reported.
IGF 2008, which was held in Hyderabad, India in December, revealed that world’s Internet Population stands at an estimated 1,348,572,040 users or 1.34 billion people by the end of 2007. Just a decade before, in 1997 that figure was only 70 million or 1.7 percent of the world’s population.
Region-wise Asia top the list with 568.7 million people having access to internet, followed by the Americas with 377.9 million and Europe comes third with 335.9 million.
Country-wise the top 10 internet users are from:
- United States - 220 million
- China - 210 million
- Japan - 88.1 million
- India - 81 million
- Brazil - 53.1 million
- United Kingdom - 40.2 million
- Germany - 39.1 million
- Republic of Korea - 35.5 million
- Italy - 32 million
- France - 31.5 million
You can download the report in PDF from IGF website.