Internet and Mobile Users Update 2023

Middle East and Africa Leads the Way in Growth

Executive Summary

Across the globe, growth in internet and mobile users is slowing after a pandemic-fueled boost. But connectivity continues to rise in the Middle East and Africa, where growth is fastest among internet, mobile phone, and tablet users.

Key Question: What’s our latest outlook for internet, mobile, and tablet users across the globe through 2027?

KEY STAT: By 2027, more than 3 in 5 people around the world will be online, driven by growth in the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Global internet growth slows after a pandemic-fueled surge.
  3. The Middle East and Africa has the fastest growth for both internet and mobile phone users.
  1. North America holds the top spot in internet usage.
  2. Europe boasts the second-highest penetration of internet users.
  3. Southeast Asia drives connectivity growth in Asia-Pacific.
  1. Internet usage grows faster than previously expected in Latin America.
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Jessica Lis


Oscar Orozco
Director, Forecasting
Yoram Wurmser
Principal Analyst