500 Million Internet Users in Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific and Latin America will see the highest growth rates in Internet use over the next 5 years according to eMarketer. Of course there’s still plenty of room for growth as 82.5% of the world’s population is not online.
According to recent estimates there were 6.6 billion people in the world in 2007. Of that number, 1.15 billion, or 17.5%, were regular Internet users. By 2012, eMarketer projects that over 1.7 billion people worldwide (24.5%) will access the Internet at least once per month.
This year will see China overtake the United States as the most populous Internet nation in the world and the Asia-Pacific region will top 500 million Internet users.