Global Internet users to reach 3.47 billion this year


New Delhi, Dec 7: With the sudden surge in smartphone adoption taking place in India and Vietnam and user base is likely to escalate by almost 20 per cent in both countries, the year will see 3.47 billion people using the Internet, according to market research firm eMarketer.

Internet users will represent 46.8 per cent of the global population and mobile phones will be the primary device for Internet access, used by 2.73 billion people, news agency IANS quoted citing the firm’s report.

According to  the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and market research firm IMRB International, the number of Internet users in India is anticipated to reach 450-465 million. The report claimed that overall Internet penetration in India was presently around 31 per cent.

Developing digital markets in Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa will witness the fastest Internet user growth from 2017-21, driven by increasing mobile broadband coverage and smartphone adoption.

By 2019, more than half of the world will access the Internet on regular basis and in 2021 more than four billion people will be online.

However, Internet user growth will scale down from 6.1 per cent this year to 3.5 per cent by 2021 as Intenet use hits saturation, the report asserted.

On the other hand, tablet penetration among Internet users will reduce this year.

About 32.9 per cent of Internet users at global front will access a tablet this year, down from 33.2 per cent in 2016.


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