Global Internet access and use

Although more than three billion people are now connected to the Internet, there remains a huge divide between rich and poor nations. Nearly half of the global population is not connected to the Internet, however the growth in Internet users has come in large-part from developing countries.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates more than 84 per cent of households in the developed world have Internet access, compared with approximately 41 per cent of households in the developing world. This percentage has quadrupled since 2006, when, fewer than 10 per cent of those in developing countries claimed to have Internet in the home.


Individuals using the Internet global by level of development (in millions)

Innovative delivery models, including investments in mobile infrastructure, are triggering huge growth in Asia and Africa, where the majority of people have traditionally lacked access. Internet penetration is now growing at a rapid pace in the developing world, where last year, connectivity more than tripled.

IChart with data from the International Telecommunications Union showing that the number of Internet users in the developing world is growing.

Source: International Telecommunications Union


Households with Internet access by level of development

Chart with data from the International Telecommunications Union showing that the developing countries still have about double the number of households with Internet access.

Source: International Telecommunications Union
*2016 is projected data


Active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants

Internet users across the globe are increasingly employing mobile technology to connect. Ninety per cent of people in the developed world and 40 per cent of people in the developing world subscribe to mobile broadband.

Chart with data from the International Telecommunications Union showing that the per capita use of mobile-broadband is growing. 90 percent of people in developing countries use mobile-broadband and 41 per cent of people in developing countries use mobile-broadband.

Source: International Telecommunications Union
*2016 is projected data


Global Internet penetration

This is a simple data table
Country 2014 2015
Bermuda 96.8 98.32
Falkland (Malvinas) Is. 97.60 98.31
Iceland 98.16 98.20
Luxembourg 94.67 97.33
Andorra 95.90 96.91
Norway 96.30 96.81
Liechtenstein 95.21 96.64
Denmark 95.99 96.33
Faroe Islands 93.30 94.20
Bahrain 90.50 93.48
Monaco 92.40 93.36
Japan 89.11 93.33
Netherlands 93.17 93.10
Qatar 91.49 92.88
Finland 92.38 92.65
United Kingdom 91.61 92.00
United Arab Emirates 90.40 91.24
Sweden 92.52 90.61
Korea (Rep.) 87.87 89.90
Aruba 83.78 88.66
Canada 87.12 88.47
Estonia 84.24 88.41
New Zealand 85.50 88.22
Taiwan, Province of China 83.99 87.98
Switzerland 87.40 87.97
Germany 86.19 87.59
Belgium 85.00 85.05
Slovakia 79.98 85.02
Hong Kong, China 79.87 84.95
France 83.75 84.69
Australia 84.00 84.56
Austria 81.00 83.93
Singapore 79.03 82.10
Kuwait 78.70 82.08
Czech Republic 79.71 81.30
Ireland 79.69 80.12
Puerto Rico 76.13 79.47
Latvia 75.83 79.20
Israel 75.02 78.89
Spain 76.19 78.69
Bahamas 76.92 78.00
Macao, China 69.78 77.60
Azerbaijan 75.00 77.00
Cayman Islands 74.10 77.00
Malta 73.17 76.18
Barbados 75.16 76.11
Anguilla 70.39 75.98
St. Kitts and Nevis 68.00 75.70
United States 73.00 74.55

Source: International Telecommunications Union