U.S. ISP Revenue Continues to Climb
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After a spectacular 67 percent increase in 1999, revenues in the US Internet services market will increase another 29 percent in 2000 and flirt with the $23-billion mark in 2000, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
According to IDC, America Online and UUNet will lead the market's drive, as these two ISPs have a commanding lead over the competitors in their market segments (consumer and business access, respectively).
"America Online is by far the largest consumer-oriented ISP, and UUNet dominates the market for business access, wholesale services, and value-added services by large margins over the number-two carrier in each segment," said Steven Harris, and analyst with IDC's Business Network Services research program.
Accounting for 40 percent of consumer access subscribers, America Online's share is more than the next 20 largest ISPs' combined share. UUNet controls 26 percent of revenues in the business segment, 43 percent in the wholesale segment, and 17 percent in the value-added services market -- at least almost double the share of the nearest competitor in each market.
The consumer segment will maintain the largest share of the market's revenues until 2002, when the value-added services segment in the business access and wholesale segments, according to IDC.
"Value-added services will grow faster than the other segments as Web-hosting revenues skyrocket, free Internet service providers grow their subscriber bases, and corporations and consumers utilize services other than just access from ISPs," Harris said. "Growth in the consumers segment will moderate due to market saturation. However, the number of daily users in this segment will go up as will the length of time they remain online."
In the business market, the number of online users is increasing and Internet budgets are substantially increasing. However, IDC found traditional ISPs are benefiting less and less from this trend as interexchange carriers have replaced them as the largest providers of Internet access services to businesses. In the wholesale market, an increasing number of affinity groups will become virtual Internet service providers (VISPs), and the increase in VISPs will positively impact demand for wholesale services.
IDC's report, "Internet Service Provider Market Review and Forecast, 1999-2004," forecasts U.S. Internet service provider revenue through 2004 divided by segment.