America Online Inc.
said Tuesday its flagship AOL service now has more than 2 million members
outside the United States, bringing the total number of AOL and CompuServe
international subscribers to 3 million.
The membership milestone comes three
years after AOL launched its service globally in Germany. It took AOL’s U.S.
service 10 years to reach 2 million members. The company currently
claims 15 million U.S. users. AOL acquired CompuServe last year.
AOL International provides AOL and CompuServe localized services in 10
countries and five languages.
In a joint venture with European media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, AOL
operates AOL and CompuServe brands in Europe, with more than 2.4 million
members. CompuServe-branded European services are available in the U.K.,
France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In addition, AOL also
operates AOL Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of America
Online, Inc. In Asia, AOL operates a service in Japan with joint venture
partners Mitsui and Nikkei and the company recently launched a service in
Australia with Bertelsmann AG.
AOL plans to launch a Chinese and English language service in Hong Kong
with China Internet Corp. (CIC) in 1999. In December, AOL announced it will
launch services in Latin America with joint venture partner Cisneros Group
“The continued extraordinary growth outside the United States proves the
global power of the AOL brand,” said
Bob Pittman, America Online’s president and chief operating officer.
and ease-of-use of AOL transcends borders and appeals to consumers
everywhere. All around the world, people are discovering that AOL is the
best way to communicate with family, friends and business associates, find
information, meet new people, shop, and just have fun.”