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Worldwide Internet Users Top 1.3 Billion in 2007
USA Tops 222M Internet Users

May 15, 2008 -
The worldwide number of Internet users surpassed 1.39billion in 2007—up from only 2M+ in 1990, 45M in 1995 and 430M in 2000. Worldwide yearly increase in Internet users is 140M to 145M in the next five years, which means the 2B mark will happen in 2011 or 2012. Much of current and future Internet user growth is coming from populous countries—especially the BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China. In the next decade many Internet users will be supplementing PC Internet usage with Smartphone, mobile phone and mobile device Internet usage. In developing countries many new Internet users will come from cell phone and Smartphone Internet usage. The U.S. still leads with over 222M Internet users at year-end 2007. The two most populous countries—China and India—are now in 2nd and 4th place in Internet users.

Top 15 Countries in Internet Usage

Year-end 2007: Internet Users (#M) Share %
1. U.S. 222.45 16.00
2. China 166.10 11.95
3. Japan 95.25 6.85
4. India 91.42 6.58
5. Germany 53.42 3.84
6. UK 42.40 3.05
7. Brazil 36.59 2.63
8. France 35.71 2.57
9. South Korea 35.54 2.56
10. Italy 34.54 2.48
11. Russia 31.70 2.28
12. Indonesia 28.06 2.02
13. Canada 24.73 1.78
14. Mexico 23.07 1.66
15. Spain 20.39 1.47
Top 15 Countries 941.37 67.72
Worldwide Total 1,390.18 100

Internet user penetration is now over 70% for the leading countries and future growth is limited for these countries. Internet user penetration for the populous and developing countries remains low, but has room to grow. The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) have Internet penetration of 19%, 22%, 8% and 13%, respectively. Wireless web usage will account for much of future Internet user growth in many developing countries. 

More information is available in "Internet Users By Country", a yearly market research report by eTForecasts. The report estimates and forecasts the number of Internet users and broadband subscribers for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1990 through 2012.

eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA/Smartphones, cell phones and Internet industries.