WORLD WIDE INTERNET USAGE
In January 2012, 12 percent of the world’s active Internet users were located in North America. As the rest of the world is getting online, this is about half of North America’s nearly 30 percent share of 2004. Overall it is estimated that there were over 2.3 billion active Internet users world wide in early 2012: over 1 billion users in Asia, 500 million in Europe and 273 million in North America (about 245 million active users in the United States alone) (see table below). The Internet is most heavily used in North America with 78.6 percent of the total population going online; Africa has the lowest penetration (percentage of a regions population using the Internet) with 13.5 percent China has the most users with 513 million, followed by the United States.
World Internet Usage Estimates:
Population (2011 estimates)
Internet usage, Estimate
% Population (Penetration)
Usage(% of world)
Note: Internet usage and world population statistics were updated for December 31,2011.
Source: Based on http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm.
Questions and Exercises:
1.Search the Web for the most up-to-date statistics.
2.Interpret these numbers. What is striking/important about these statistics?
3.How will these numbers look like in 5 years and 10 years? What will these changes mean for globalization? What issues/opportunities do you see arising?
4.Using your spreadsheet software of choice, create a graph/figure most effectively visualizing the statistics/changes you consider most important.
1.INTERNET USAGE STATISTICS
In June 2017, 8.2% percent of the world’s active Internet users were located in North America. As the rest of the world is getting online, this percentage has decreased from 12 % active users in 2012 to current percentage of 8.2 % (for North America). Overall it is estimated that there are 3.885 billion active Internet users worldwide in comparison to over 2.3 billion active Internet users worldwide in early 2012: over 1.9 billion users in Asia, 659 million in Europe and 320 million in North America (see table below). The Internet is most heavily used in North America with 88.1 % percent of total population going online in comparison to 78.6 % of the total population going online; Africa has the lowest penetration (percentage of a regions population using the Internet) with 31.2 % in 2017 in comparison to 13.5 % in 2012 China has the most users with 513 million, followed by the United States
WORLD INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION STATISTICS
JUNE 30, 2017
% of World
Rate (% Pop.)
Latin America / Caribbean
Oceania / Australia
2.In December 1995, number of internet users in the world was 16 million , which was 0.4 % of the total world population and now in 2017, the number of internet users has increased to 3885 million, which is 51.7 % of the total world population, which signifies a major leap for globalization
The top trends for digital transformation and future of Internet
· IoT (internet of thing) as an engine of digital tech growth- IoT’s importance is in the technologies that it contains that make it work – technologies like advanced analytics, 5G, sensor tech and edge computing etc. With the massive amounts of data that will be coming from smart devices, companies are working tirelessly on analytics systems – centered on AI and machine learning – to make sense of data and gather pertinent insights.
· Increased importance for speed – processing, more intelligent (and faster) ways to search for information, and faster methods of evaluating data and determining its relevance.
· Block chain – With Bitcoin values at an all-time high, it’s natural that the tech that powers the crypto-currency (block chain) would begin to attract attention
· Artificial intelligence- its growing importance- AI has mostly been used in consumer-facing situations, like with chatbots – not always successfully. But with improved technology, more AI applications will be available to help companies grow their bottom line, especially in the areas of marketing, analytics, customer service and robotics.
· By implementing smart, AI-based systems that can make things run much more smoothly. In an automated, AI-driven NoOps computing environment, things like upgrades and changes are automatically taken care of by the intelligent system, preventing the possibility of human error. And with AI given an entry into the organization, it can be used for many other things, such as advanced analytics.
Internet world penetration rates by geographic region – June 30, 2017
· Over 5 billion people will use the Internet by 2020.
· Developing countries will witness the biggest growth-most of the world’s population to have access to 4G and a number of nations to already be on 5G by 2020.
· By 2020, most users and applications will be mapped to the vast cloud infrastructure. Cloud-based services will dominate the software industry in 4 to 5 years’ time
· The Internet will be eco-friendly- The spread of the Internet will fostering more positive relationships among societies. Already, a lot of internet companies have chosen to get their power from renewable energy source.
· By 2020, the attacks will become better targeted and more sophisticated. Cyber security will improve as well, but may not be able to keep up with the increasing complexity of the cyber threats.
3. What opportunities and challenges will the internet bring?
With the increased internet usage worldwide, there exists a separation between those who have access to this global network and those who do not. This separation is called the “digital divide” and is of great concern. The digital divide can occur between countries, regions, or even neighborhoods. In many US cities and across the globe, there are pockets with little or no Internet access. Many times, just providing Internet access and/or computing devices is not enough to bring true Internet access to a country, region, or neighborhood.
· Organizations should focus on security of customer data. Another being to find alternative sources of income and potential uses of value from the digital transformation
· Enabling people with right kind of infrastructure and processes to eliminate the digital divide in its true sense.
· Greater focus on rules and ethics, as well as societal benefits and costs. Also, strengthening of cyber security is need of the hour. It is essential to protect internet users from cybercrime, privacy violations and online censorship, and to provide a full set of “analogue complements” alongside. These include:
· Regulations, to support innovation and competition
· Improved skills, to enable access to digital opportunities
· Accountable institutions, to respond to citizens’ needs and demands
While the World Bank continues to champion connectivity for all as a crucial goal, it also recognizes the tremendous challenge in achieving the essential conditions needed for technology to be effective.
4. Projected average mobile network connection speeds (in Mbps) by Region and Country
· As increasing number of people access the internet from mobile devices, I found it very interesting to note mobile network connection speeds from 2016 to 2012(projections) by region and country.
· Globally, the average mobile network connection speed in 2016 was 6.8 Mbps. The average speed will more than double and will be 20.4 Mbps by 2021. Smartphone speeds, generally third-generation (3G) and later, will be on par with average speeds by 2021.
· Many of the trends in the resulting traffic forecast can be seen in the speed forecast, such as the high growth rates for developing countries and regions relative to more developed area
· A crucial factor promoting the increase in mobile speeds over the forecast period is the increasing proportion of fourth-generation (4G) mobile connections. The effect of 4G connections on traffic is significant,