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Number of online users worldwide 2020, by region

In 2020, East Asia accounted for 1.1 billion of the world’s internet users, followed by Southern Asia with 816.9 million. The global digital population in April 2020 amounted to over 4.57 billion internet users in total.

Internet user growth worldwide

With constantly declining smartphone prices and improvements in digital infrastructure, the increasingly connectivity among global online audiences is moving along at a steady pace. Many previously underserviced regions have begun to profit from mobile online connections, leapfrogging the desktop PC development phase and starting out as mobile-first societies. The fastest growing online populations based on relative year-on-year user growth include many African nations, led by the Western Sahara where online audiences grew 364 percent annually. Despite the growing number of internet users in Africa, the continent still lags behind other regions in terms of online adoption. Online usage penetration in all African markets was below the global average of 57 percent. The highest on the continent was Southern Africa with a penetration rate of 51 percent, Middle Africa was ranked last worldwide. Middle Africa had an online penetration rate of just 12 percent, highlighting the ongoing struggles for connectivity but also the untapped digital potential within Africa.

Number of worldwide internet users in 2020, by region

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July 2020



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