Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In 5 Years, Half of All Earthlings Will Be on the Internet

It's about to get a lot more crowded in here.


If you live in the United States and don't have Internet yet, chances are you aren't getting it anytime soon. It costs a tremendous amount of money to build out infrastructure to places that aren't already being served; there often isn't enough demand to make those investments worth it.

Unless, that is, you're talking about the developing world. A new report from Cisco today finds that by 2017, 3.6 billion people will be hooked up to the Internet. The vast majority of that growth will come from—yep—Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where connectivity is advancing at double-digit rates.

Five years from now, 413 million people in the Middle East and Africa will be online, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 15.3 percent. Asia's connected population will grow by 11.6 percent a year, to just under 2 billion. 

Here are some of the study's other findings.

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