Global Internet Users and Penetration Rate

Proof Point

Number of internet users projected to grow annually by 9% between 2006 and 2021 to almost 4.2 billion, or 54% of global population

Global Internet Users and Penetration Rate

2006 – 2021F (billions and percentage)

Proof Point Findings

  • Significant Internet User Growth – Projected to increase four-fold from 1.16 billion in 2006 to more than 4 billion by 2021, an annual growth of 9%
  • Increased Penetration – Estimated that by 2021, majority or 54% of worldwide population will have Internet access, up from less than one-fifth in 2006
  • Key Growth Drivers – Driven primarily by economic growth in emerging markets, proliferation of low-cost internet-enabled smartphones, improving network connectivity, digitization of traditionally physical products and services, increasing mobile application functionalities, and coming-of-age of more technology natives



Information Technology, Telecommunications


Date Last Updated

February 21, 2019

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