[AfrICANN-discuss] Growth of the Internet

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 15:45:23 SAST 2007

 *Brazil, Russia, India and China to Lead Internet Growth Through 2011*

By Fred Aun <http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3624990>
June 26, 2007
There will be 1.5 billion people with Internet access in 2011, with the
biggest growth in the online population occurring in Brazil, Russia, India
and China, according to a new report.

In its "Worldwide Online Population Forecast, 2006 to 2011," JupiterResearch
anticipates that a 38 percent increase in the number of people with online
access will mean that, by 2011, 22 percent of the Earth's population will
surf the Internet regularly.

JupiterResearch says the worldwide online population will increase at a
compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent during the next five years, far
outpacing the 1.1 percent compound annual growth rate for the planet's
population as a whole. The report says 1.1 billion people currently enjoy
regular access to the Web.

North America will remain on top in terms of the number of people with
online access. According to JupiterResearch, online penetration rates on the
continent will increase from the current 70 percent of the overall North
American population to 76 percent by 2011. However, Internet adoption has
"matured," and its adoption pace has slowed, in more developed countries
including the United States, Canada, Japan and much of Western Europe, notes
the report.

As the online population of the United States and Canada grows by about only
3 percent, explosive adoption rates in China and India will take place, says
JupiterResearch. The report says China should reach an online penetration
rate of 17 percent by 2011 and India should hit 7 percent during the same
time frame. This growth is directly related to infrastructure development
and increased consumer purchasing power, notes JupiterResearch.

By 2011, Asians will make up about 42 percent of the world's population with
regular Internet access, 5 percent more than today, says the study.

Penetration levels similar to North America's are found in Scandinavia and
bigger Western European nations such as England and Germany, but
JupiterResearch says a number of Central Europe countries "are relative
Internet laggards."

Brazil "with its soaring economy," is predicted by JupiterResearch to
experience a 9 percent compound annual growth rate, the fastest in Latin
America, but China and India are likely to do the most to boost the world's
online penetration in the near future.

For the study, JupiterResearch defined "online users" as people who
regularly access the Internet by "dedicated Internet access" devices. Those
devices do not include cell phones.

Anne-Rachel Inne
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