Given the ubiquity of high-speed internet access in the United States, it’s easy to assume that everyone enjoys the same convenience. Not so much. In 2012, the number of internet users increased by 8.8% to 2.4 billion.
With seven billion people in the world, we’re talking about a penetration rate of just 34%. And here’s the real shock…The country with the fastest-growing internet population is… Iran. Last year, the number of users there surged by 205%.
At the other end of the scale, India is the most under-served country, with only 11% of its population using the internet. The takeaway: Bringing the web to those billions of people without it should provide ample growth for telecoms and wireless carriers for years.