September 24, 2012 By News Staff
The English-speaking world has long dominated the Internet, but a fundamental shift will soon occur, according to a new report from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, an organization created in 2010 at the behest of the United Nations.
According to the commission’s analysis, “if current growth rates continue, the total number of Internet users accessing the Internet in Chinese may overtake the number of Internet users predominantly using English in 2015.”
As it stands now, English speakers account for 27 percent of total global Internet users, while the Chinese constitute 24 percent. Spanish lags in third place at 8 percent.
This data was one of several insights published in the commission’s new report, The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All, which is available for free download.
Other information and projections of note include:
Here are some more of the Broadband Commission’s findings:
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