Nearly 600 Million Computers-in-Use in Year 2000

November 3, 1998 - According to the Internet Industry Almanac there will be over 579 million computers-in-use by year-end 2000--up from 360 million computers-in-use at year-end 1997. The U.S. is projected to have over 164 million computers-in-use or 28.3% of the total in year 2000. The top 16 countries shown in the following table account for over 70% of the worldwide computers-in-use in year 2000. These numbers include all computers, from PCs to supercomputers, used in business, educational institutions and homes.

Top 16 Countries in Computers-in-Use in Year 2000

2000 Rank Country Computers-in-Use in Millions % Share of Total
1
U.S.
164.1
28.32
2
Japan
49.9
8.62
3
Germany
30.6
5.28
4
United Kingdom
26.0
4.49
5
France
21.8
3.77
6
Italy
17.5
3.02
7
Canada
16.0
2.76
8
China
15.9
2.75
9
Australia
10.6
1.82
9
South Korea
10.6
1.82
11
Russia
9.2
1.59
12
Brazil
8.5
1.47
13
Spain
8.1
1.39
14
Netherlands
7.2
1.25
15
India
6.3
1.08
15
Mexico
6.3
1.08
Total Top 16 Countries
408.6
70.52
Europe Total
154.9
26.73
Worldwide Total
579
100

Over 95% of the computers-in-use are PCs. Worldwide yearly shipments of computers will surpass 90M units in 1998, but only 50% plus will add to the installed base as nearly half will be replacing existing computers. About 5% of the 30M plus PCs sold in the U.S. in 1998 will be sold via the Internet, which will grow to 10% of nearly 40M in 2000. At year-end 1997 there were 3.6 computers for each Internet user and this will drop to 1.8 by year-end 2000. In the U.S. the computers-in-use to Internet user ratio was 2.2 in 1997 and will drop to the 1.2 range in 2000. For more information see Market Research Reports.

 
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