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Worldwide Internet Users Top 1 Billion in 2005
USA Reach Nearly 200M Internet Users

January 3, 2006 -
The number of Internet users surpassed 1 billion in 2005—up from only 45M in 1995 and 420M in 2000. The 2 billion Internet users milestone is expected in 2011. Much of current and future Internet user growth is coming from populous countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Indonesia. In the next decade many Internet users will be supplementing PC Internet usage with Smartphone and mobile device Internet usage. In developing countries many new Internet users will come from cell phone and Smartphone Internet usage. The U.S. continues to lead with nearly 200M Internet users at year-end 2005. 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 2005: Internet Users (#M) Share %
1. U.S. 197.8 18.3
2. China 119.5 11.1
3. Japan 86.3 8.0
4. India 50.6 4.7
5. Germany 46.3 4.3
6. UK 35.8 3.3
7. South Korea 33.9 3.1
8. Italy 28.8 2.7
9. France 28.8 2.7
10. Brazil 25.9 2.4
11. Russia 23.7 2.2
12. Canada 21.9 2.0
13. Indonesia 18.0 1.7
14. Mexico 16.9 1.6
15. Spain 15.8 1.5
Top 15 Countries 750.0 69.4
Worldwide Total 1,081 100

Internet user penetration is now in the 65% to 75% range for the leading countries and future growth is limited. Internet user penetration for the populous and developing countries is in the 10% to 20% range. The developing countries have room to grow and wireless web usage will account for much of future Internet user growth. 

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 1994 through 2010.

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

 
 
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