Internet Now Home To One Billion Users

Unfortunately, this milestone occurred just a few months too late in order to be included in the 50 Most Significant Moments In Internet History, but you can rest assured that it'll be high on the list of the Top 100. According to digital research firm comScore, the total number of Internet users across the globe has just surpassed the one billion mark.

Not surprisingly, China is pegged as have the largest population of Internet surfers, with nearly 180 million people going online in December of 2008. Following closely behind was the United States with 163 million, and taking a distant third was Japan with 60 million. If you're curious about a breakdown by region, we're told that Asia-Pacific accounted for 41 percent of the billion users, followed by Europe with 28 percent, North America
with 18 percent, Latin America with 7 percent and Middle East / Africa with 5 percent.

According to comScore chief executive Magid Abraham: "Surpassing one billion global users is a significant landmark in the history of the Internet. The second billion will be online before we know it, and the third billion will arrive even faster than that." Potentially even more impressive about the findings were that these figures didn't include traffic from public workstations such as Internet cafes, nor did it count access from mobile phones or PDAs.

Is it finally safe to say those worries over Internet capacity limitations were overblown? All signs are pointing to "yes."
Via:  AFP
Tags:  Internet, Users, Network
Comments
bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

WOW surprised its that low of a number.

mhenriday 5 years ago

So when is everybody going to climb aboard the absolutely essential IPv6 bandwagon ?...

Henri

Der Meister 5 years ago

IM wiht you bob I would have thought there would be many more

Drago 5 years ago

Guys there are still lots and lost of 3rd world countries that dont have wide spread internet access. Hell the US doesnt even have broadband available everywhere, which is really stupid since the USA is supposed to be like the most advanced nation on earth, yet has the most dialup users in the world.

tanka12345 5 years ago

It seems low to me too, but I understand why.

Riks 5 years ago

yeah you'd think that outta 6,706,993,152 people more than 1/6 would use it =\

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