How many Internet users are there in your time zone?
It's easy to find out how many Internet users there are in a particular country, region, or continent. But knowing how many Internet users there are in a time zone, somewhere around the world, is not as easy.
Pingdom's brand new report offers new perspectives on how we use the Internet and how it develops. The obvious conclusion from the study is that the greatest number of potential new Internet users lie in the east, in time zones UTC +5 to +9, which includes China and India.
But there are more interesting things to learn from this study. For example, just over 40% of all the world's Internet users can be found in just two time zones: UTC +8 (China and Phillipines) and UTC +1 (parts of Africa and Western Europe).
Other highlights from the study include:
- UTC +8 is the time zone with the most Internet users, and with an Internet penetration of 41% it can only grow in the years to come.
- The largest single contributor worldwide is of course China with 538 million Internet users.
- The 68% Internet penetration rate of UTC +9 may seem high, but can be explained by the large populations and high Internet penetration rates of Japan and South Korea.
- Internet penetration of UTC +1 is very unevenly distributed with low numbers like 5% in Cameroon and high, for example 92% in Norway.
- Nigeria, with an Internet penetration of 30%, is the third largest contributor in UTC +1 with 48 millions Internet users. Only France (52 million) and Germany (67 million) have more Internet users in that time zone.
- The average worldwide Internet penetration rate is 34.3%.
You can read the full report here:
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