Bandwidth growing fast but with regional differences

International bandwidth usage in Gbit/s, 2015-2019*

Note: * ITU estimate.
Source: ITU.

International bandwidth usage grew by 33.4 per cent on average annually between 2015 and 2019.

Asia and Pacific account for more than 40 per cent of global usage, followed by Europe (25 per cent) and the Americas (21 per cent).


The other three regions combined account for only 11 per cent of the global total.

International bandwidth usage per Internet user (kbit/s), by region 2019*

Note: * ITU estimate.
Source: ITU.

In terms of kbit/s per Internet user, Europe has by far the highest bandwidth usage (211 kbit/s), followed by four regions with similar bandwidth usage (between 100 and 300 kbit/s).

Africa is lagging behind, with 31 kbit/s per Internet user.

International bandwidth usage per Internet user (kbit/s), by region 2019*

Note: * ITU estimate.
Source: ITU.