Internet penetration in Asia 2019, by country or region

Across the Asia Pacific region, South Korea had the highest internet penetration rate at 95.1 percent, followed by Brunei and Japan. Worldwide, over half of the population are using the internet. Compared to the rest of the world, internet penetration in Asia was still lower than the global average in the past few years. Even though the internet penetration increased overall, there are significant differences in the internet connectivity among countries.

South East Asia is leading the way
South East Asia had the highest internet penetration rates. In China, the internet penetration amounted to only 58.4 percent. Nevertheless, in terms of head count, the country has the most internet users in the region with about 738 million. Among the ASEAN states, Indonesia and the Philippines had the biggest internet populations.

Countries lagging behind
South Asian countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan had low internet penetration rates, mainly due to high internet fees for fixed broadband and mobile networks in these countries. The low literacy rates was also a contributing factor.

Internet penetration in selected Asian countries as of June 2019, by country or region

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

June 2019

Supplementary notes

* China figures do not include SAR Hong Kong, SAR Macao nor Taiwan, which are reported separately for statistical purposes.

The source does not provide a date of publication. The date used here is the date of last update.

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