More than 2 billion people are now using the Internet in the whole continent of Asia by the end of 2017, according to a report by Internet World Stats. The number of Internet users has increased from 114 million in 2000 to 2.024 billion in 2016. That’s a staggering 14 - fold increase that brought Internet penetration up to 48% of population in Asia.
According to another report byInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU), much of the growth in web connectivity has come from mobile. Mobile broadband penetration has gone up 12-fold since 2007, and in 2016, 69% of people on earth will be covered by 3G broadband.
One reason Internet access has taken off over the past 15 years is rising affordability. The ITU reports broadband is currently affordable in 111 countries, with a basic fixed or mobile plan costing less than 5% of Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.
Source : Internet World Stats