Survey: 130.6 Million People Online This Year
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By the end of this year there will be 130.6 million people online worldwide, according to the new eGlobal Report from eMarketer.
The reports says that 35.2 million users are joining the Internet for the first time. Already, in the first quarter of this year, the Internet population is larger in the rest of the world than it is in North America.
The report found that the U.S. tops the list in in its level of e-commerce revenues, followed by Germany and the UK.
"This is a moon view of the world wide Web," said Sam Alfstad, publisher of eMarketer. "The report provides details and analysis of every corner and region on earth, from Austria to Zimbabwe."
"The growth in new Internet users, particularly in regions like Europe and Asia, has been phenomenal," said Geoffrey Ramsey, who is in charge of statistics at eMarketer.
"Yet the millions of active net users today represent only 2.2 percent of the world's total population, of 5.9 billion," he added.
Looked at from this angle, the Internet cup is still 97.8 percent empty.