The number of Internet users worldwide increased 10% over the past year amid a surge in India , China and Russia, a survey, quoted by an AFP report, said.
The AFP report, quoting a study by US market research firm comScore Networks, said that 747 million people aged 15 and up used the Internet worldwide in January 2007, a 10% increase from January 2006.
The US still held the largest number of users with 153 million, but growth was just 2%, comScore survey, quoted by AFP, further said.
The report also said China was second overall with 86.7 million, according to comScore, but growth was 20%.
The figure differs from the official Chinese estimate of 137 million, which includes users in cyber cafÃ©s and other public locations, the report said.
The strongest growth was seen in India, where the number of users increased 33% to 21.1 million, which India with the eighth largest Internet population, just behind France , the report said.
Russia saw its number of users up 21% to 12.7 million.In terms of overall Internet users, the highest numbers after the US and China were, in order, Japan, Germany, Britain, South Korea, France, India, Canada and Italy, the report said.