New stats by Internet traffic measurement firm comScore indicate the total global number of Internet users surpassed one billion in December.
According to comScore, nearly 416 million people from Asia Pacific are plugged in, comprising an astonishing 41% of users worldwide. Europe ranked second with about 283 million users, and North America placed third with 185 million users.
comScore’s CEO, Magid Abraham, calls the millstone “a significant landmark.” The report counted only Internet users 15 years or older who logged on from home or work PCs. Exclusion of the growing population who access the web via personal devices could be an indication that Internet use is even greater than we suspect.
“The second billion will be online before we know it, and the third billion will arrive even faster than that,” suggested Magid.