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Web growth - 01/2001


The number of Internet users around the world is constantly growing. The Computer Industry Almanac has reported that by the year 2002, 490 million people around the world will have Internet access, that is 79.4 per 1,000 people worldwide, and 118 people per 1,000 by year-end 2005. The top 15 countries will account for nearly 82 percent of the these worldwide Internet users (including business, educational, and home Internet users). By the year 2000 there will be 25 countries where over 10 percent of the population will be Internet users.
The US has an overwhelming lead in Internet users with more than 110 million projected for year-end 1999, which is nearly 43 percent of the total 259 million worldwide Internet users. The US will have one-third of the total Internet users in 2002, and that number will decline to 27 percent by the end of 2005.