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GLOBAL NETWORK WHO’S ONLINE - AND WHO ISN’T

Around one-third of the world's population can now access the internet, but many countries still have a long way to go before their citizens can get online

ICELAND
Boasts the highest number of internet users in the world, with 95 per cent of the population going online in 2011. A world leader in internet usage for years, Iceland has even used online crowdsourcing via social media to help draw up the country’s new constitution.

SOUTH KOREA
97.2 per cent of South Korean households had access to the internet in 2011. The country also has the world’s second highest number of active mobile broadband subscriptions, below Singapore.

UK
Ranks 15th in the world in terms of internet access, with 82 per cent of the population using the internet in 2011, compared with a global average of 32.5 per cent.

US
Beaten by Canada for the number of fixed broadband subscriptions (Canada has 32 per cent, whereas the US has 28.7 – the same as the tiny principality of Andorra). However, the US ranks eighth in the world for mobile broadband subscriptions.

PHILIPPINES
Boasts the world’s highest number of social network users, with 75 per cent of active Internet users using one or more services.

NIGER
Only one per cent of homes in Niger has internet access. The global average, of countries surveyed, was 20.5 per cent.

EAST TIMOR
This tiny nation had the world’s lowest internet usage in 2011 of more than 170 countries surveyed, with only 0.9 per cent of its 1.2m population going online last year.

Percentage of individuals using the internet in 2011
RANK ( )

ICELAND (1st)

95.0%
SWEDEN (4)

of households in South Korea have internet access

97.2%

91.0%
QATAR (8)

86.2%
UK (15)

32.5 %
of the world population accessed the internet last year

Growth in broadband worldwide
NUMBER OF COUNTRIES

Broadband future
SUBSCRIPTIONS, BILLIONS

220 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 2001 2002

Fixed broadband countries Mobile broadband countries

4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5

Mobile PCs and tablets Smartphones

82%
US (23)

77.9%
SOURCE: BROADBAND COMMISSION

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