Asia Accounts for Over 50% of All Internet Users Worldwide
Posted on 2020 Apr,01

Data gathered by indicates that Asia now accounts for more than half of the global internet users. According to the data, the continent has 2.3 billion users representing 50.3%.

Internet users to grow following coronavirus restrictions
The data further places Europe in the second spot with 727 million users (15.9%) while Africa comes third with 522 million users (11.5%).  Latin America Caribbean region is fourth with 453 million users (10.1%).
In fifth place in North America with 327 million users (7.8%) followed by the Middle East at 175 million users (3.9%). Oceania and the Australian region account for the least global internet user globally at 29 million which represents 0.6%. 

According to the report: "Moving into the second quarter of 2020, global internet users might increase following the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The internet is now being used at a rate never experienced before."
On the other hand, North America accounts for the highest rate of internet penetration at 94.6%. Europe occupies the second slot with 87.2% while Latin America the Caribbean region comes third with a penetration rate of 70.5%.
Middle East’s penetration stands at 69.2% followed by the Oceania and Australia region with a rate of 67.4%. Furthermore, the average internet penetration for Asia and Africa is below the world average of 58.7%. Asia’s penetration rate stands at 53.6% while Africa has 39.3%.
Based on the data, there still exists a huge digital divide as over 3 billion people don't have access to the internet. Factors such as education, income levels, geographical restrictions, and digital literacy have been cited as the main reasons behind this divide.