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

September 3, 2004 - The worldwide number of Internet users will reach nearly 935 million in 2004 and will top 1 billion in mid 2005. The U.S. continues to lead with over 185M Internet users forecasted for year-end 2004. 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. Internet usage is growing strongly in China, which surpassed Japan for second place in 2003. The growth of Internet users will continue in the developing countries for another decade.

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 Computer Industry Almanac. 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.

Computer Industry Almanac publishes market research reports for the PC, PDAs, information appliance and Internet industries. For more information see Market Research Reports.

 
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