ComScore Networks announced yesterday that 747 million people, aged 15 and over, used the Internet worldwide in January 2007. This represents a 10% growth year upon year.
The highest growth in number of unique Internet users was reported in India where 21.1 million users aged 15+ accessed the Internet, up 33% from January 2006. In spite of being the 2nd largest population in the world, India still ranks only 8th in terms of total online population.
China, the most populated country in the world, has the second largest Internet population in the world, with 86.8 million unique users, up 20% from last year.
21% growth in the Internet population in Russia, to 12.7 million, maked it the second fastest growing Internet population Worldwide.
Internet usage in the U.S. grew 2%, up to 153.4 million users aged 15 or over. Canada, Israel and South Korea led the list of countries in average number of hours users spend online.
The figures in comScore’s report exclude traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes and access from mobile phones and personal digital assistants, which could actually drive numbers in China and India up even higher, as a lot of users in those countries do not own Personal Computers but still use Internet cafes to browse and email.
The report details can be viewed on the ComScore site press release about Worldwide Internet audience growth.