The forecast: The internet will have 4.55 billion users worldwide this year, up 2.6% over 2021. This amounts to 57.4% of the general population (including all ages).
Looking ahead: Overall, growth rates show a lot of variety across regions, with the most room for growth in the Middle East and Africa. Worldwide, there will be 4.88 billion internet users in 2026, for a total of 59.4% of the general population.
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