The total number of Internet users has surpassed 1 billion, says comScore. “Surpassing one billion global users is a significant landmark in the history of the Internet,” said Magid Abraham, President and Chief Executive Officer of comScore. The global population is estimated to be about 6.76 billion. The comScore report does not include visitors under 15, as well as those accessing the Internet from public computers, mobile phones or PDAs, so a hefty amount of users likely went unreported.

In November it was reported that there are now 400 million broadband users worldwide. This means that six out of ten Internet users still don’t have broadband, which essentially means that more than half of the world’s Internet users haven’t really hit Web 2.0.

According to the comScore report, 41 percent of Internet users are in the Asia Pacific Region, 28 percent in Europe, 18 percent in North America, 7 percent in Latin America, and 4 percent in Africa and the Middle East.

More than a third of the world’s Internet users come from two countries. China has the world’s largest Internet population at 179,710, 000, followed by the US at 163,300,000. Japan follows with 59,993,000 users.

Rounding out the top fifteen countries are Germany (36,992,000), the UK (36,664,000), France (34,010,000), India (32,099,000), Russia (28,998,000), Brazil (27,688,000), South Korea (27,254,000), Canada (21,809,000), Italy (20,780,000), Spain (17,893,000), Mexico (12,486,000), and the Netherlands (11,812,000).

“It is a monument to the increasingly unified global community in which we live and reminds us that the world truly is becoming more flat. The second billion will be online before we know it, and the third billion will arrive even faster than that, until we have a truly global network of interconnected people and ideas that transcend borders and cultural boundaries,” said comScore's Abraham.

By Mark Alvarez