Asia Has 900 Million Internet Users
The internet and its resulting technological march may have started in the developed nations of the West, but the next phase of growth and expansion is decidedly set to happen in the East.
A recent study presented by We are Social Singapore, concluded just as much, but also painted a vivid picture of things to come. According to the report, there are an estimated 900 million internet users across Asia. This number accounts for more than 44% of all internet users across the globe, and demonstrates the huge potential for internet and other digital platforms on the continent. The only downside to that stat is that internet penetration is only 24% across the region—in other words, only a small proportion of the people are able to get access.
Other bright sparks in the report included the surging use of mobile phones, with a reported 2.7 billion people owning mobile phones. Of that figure, a staggering 623 million are access the internet using their mobile phones; making the Asian block one of the most advanced regions in the world for mobile internet use.
Asians are also some of the most social networked people, with an estimated 750 million people using platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Overall, it is clear that Asia is the region for the next phase of internet expansion, whether governments and other stakeholders can ensure equitable expansion remains to be seen, but the development should be interesting to watch.