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Worldwide Internet Users will Top 1 Billion in 2005
USA Remains #1 with 185M Internet Users

Updated September 27, 2004 -
The number of Internet users will surpass 930 million in 2004 and will top 1 billion in mid 2005. There is little Internet user growth in the developed countries, but in the next five years many Internet users will be supplementing PC Internet usage with Smartphone and mobile device Internet usage. The growth of Internet users will continue in the developing countries for another decade. The U.S. continues to lead with over 185M Internet users forecasted for year-end 2004. Internet usage is growing strongly in China, which surpassed Japan for second place in 2003.

Top 15 Countries in Internet Usage
Year-end 2004: Internet Users (#K) Share %
1. U.S. 185,550 19.86
2. China 99,800 10.68
3. Japan 78,050 8.35
4. Germany 41,880 4.48
5. India 36,970 3.96
6. UK 33,110 3.54
7. South Korea 31,670 3.39
8. Italy 25,530 2.73
9. France 25,470 2.73
10. Brazil 22,320 2.39
11. Russia 21,230 2.27
12. Canada 20,450 2.19
13. Mexico 13,880 1.49
14. Spain 13,440 1.44
15. Australia 13,010 1.39
Top 15 Countries 662,360 70.88
Worldwide Total 934,480 100

"Much of future Internet users growth is coming from populous countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Indonesia", says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. These countries will also see strong growth of wireless web usage and for many new Internet users the cell phone will be their only Internet access device.

More information is available in "Internet Users By Country", a market research report by eTForecasts. The report estimates and forecasts the number of Internet users for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1994 through 2009.

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

 
 
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  Updated September 27, 2004