Internet usage keeps growing, but barriers lie ahead

Important: for the latest statistics and estimates, refer to Measuring digital development Facts and figures 2020

Individuals using the Internet, 2005-2019*

Note: *ITU estimate. Source: ITU.

An estimated 4.1 billion people are using the Internet in 2019, reflecting a 5.3 per cent increase compared with 2018.

The global penetration rate increased from nearly 17 per cent in 2005 to over 53 per cent in 2019.

Between 2005 and 2019, the number of Internet users grew on average by 10 per cent every year.

In recent years though, global growth rates are not as a high as a decade ago because some parts of the world are reaching saturation levels.