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INTERNET GROWTH STATISTICS
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And the "Global Village" became a Reality
Internet has made real what in the 1970's that visionary of the communications Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) called the "Global Village".



The Internet is defined as the worldwide interconnection of individual networks operated by government, industry, academia, and private parties. Originally the Internet served to interconnect laboratories engaged in government research, and since 1994 it has been expanded to serve millions of users and a multitude of purposes in all parts of the world.

In a matter of very few years, the Internet consolidated itself as a very powerful platform that has changed forever the way we do business, and the way we communicate. The Internet, as no other communication medium, has given an International or, if you prefer, a "Globalized" dimension to the world. Internet has become the Universal source of information for millions of people, at home, at school, and at work.

Internet is changing all the time. Two things, in our opinion, have marked it's evolution recently: the social web and mobile technology. These two innovations have changed the way people use the Internet. In the social web people have found a new way to communicate. Since its creation in 2004, Facebook has grown into a worldwide network of over 1,000 million subscribers. Mobile technology, on the other hand, has made possible a much greater reach of the Internet, increasing the number of Internet users everywhere.

The Internet continues to be the most democratic of all the mass media. With a very low investment, anyone can have a web page in Internet. This way, almost any business can reach a very large market, directly, fast and economically, no matter the size or location of the business. With a very low investment, almost anybody that can read and write can have access and a presence in the World Wide Web. Blogging has consolidated the social media and the people everywhere are expressing and publishing their ideas and opinions like never before.


“When I took office, only high energy physicists
had ever heard of what is called the World Wide
Web... Now even my cat has it's own page.”
- Bill Clinton



History and Growth of the Internet from 1945 to 1995

Before getting into the numbers, let's take a look at the
fascinating history of the Internet, from 1945 to 1995, by
courtesy of the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

History and Growth of the Internet from 1995 till Today

Today the Internet continues to grow day by day making
McLuhan's
Global Village a reality. The following table
shows the incredibly fast evolution of the Internet from
1995 till the present time:

DATE

NUMBER OF USERS

% WORLD
POPULATION

INFORMATION
SOURCE

December, 1995

16 millions
0.4 %

IDC

December, 1996

36 millions
0.9 %

IDC

December, 1997

70 millions
1.7 %

IDC

December, 1998

147 millions
3.6 %

C.I. Almanac

December, 1999

248 millions
4.1 %

Nua Ltd.

March, 2000

304 millions
5.0 %

Nua Ltd.

July, 2000

359 millions
5.9 %

Nua Ltd.

December, 2000

361 millions
5.8 %

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March, 2001

458 millions
7.6 %

Nua Ltd.

June, 2001

479 millions
7.9 %

Nua Ltd.

August, 2001

513 millions
8.6 %

Nua Ltd.

April, 2002

558 millions
8.6 %

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July, 2002

569 millions
9.1 %

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September, 2002

587 millions
9.4 %

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March, 2003

608 millions
9.7 %

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September, 2003

677 millions
10.6 %

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October, 2003

682 millions
10.7 %

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December, 2003

719 millions
11.1 %

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February, 2004

745 millions
11.5 %

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May, 2004

757 millions
11.7 %

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October, 2004

812 millions
12.7 %

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December, 2004

817 millions
12.7 %

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March, 2005

888 millions
13.9 %

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June, 2005

938 millions
14.6 %

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September, 2005

957 millions
14.9 %

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November, 2005

972 millions
15.2 %

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December, 2005

1,018 millions
15.7 %

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March, 2006

1,023 millions
15.7 %

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June, 2006

1,043 millions
16.0 %

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Sept, 2006

1,086 millions
16.7 %

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Dec, 2006

1,093 millions
16.7 %

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Mar, 2007

1,129 millions
17.2 %

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June, 2007

1,173 millions
17.8 %

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Sept, 2007

1,245 millions
18.9 %

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Dec, 2007

1,319 millions
20.0 %

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Mar, 2008

1,407 millions
21.1 %

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June, 2008

1,463 millions
21.9 %

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Sept, 2008

1,504 millions
22.5 %

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Dec, 2008

1,574 millions
23.5 %

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Mar, 2009

1,596 millions
23.8 %

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June, 2009

1,669 millions
24.7 %

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Sept, 2009

1,734 millions
25.6 %

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Dec, 2009

1,802 millions
26.6 %

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June, 2010

1,966 millions
28.7 %

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Sept, 2010

1,971 millions
28.8 %

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Mar, 2011

2,095 millions
30.2 %

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Jun, 2011

2,110 millions
30.4 %

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Sept, 2011

2,180 millions
31.5 %

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Dec, 2011

2,267 millions
32.7 %

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Mar, 2012

2,336 millions
33.3 %

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June, 2012

2,405 millions
34.3 %

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Sept, 2012

2,439 millions
34.8 %

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Dec, 2012

2,497 millions
35.7 %

I.T.U.

March, 2014 (estimate)

2,937 millions
40.7 %

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Statistics of the Internet

The Internet has made distances shorter and the world smaller.
However, the great divider that stands in the way of a truly global
society is fact that there are many different different languages
spoken in our planet Earth. The following table shows the ten
most numerous languages spoken by the
Internet users.

To see old (Historic) Internet World Usage Statistics
click here.
For detailed information on the Internet from Wikipedia.org
click here.
For more on the Internet's history and its relationship with the information
revolution read
NetValley's informative nine part report.

For current up to date Internet User Statistics
click here.

Click here for information on the 1995 to 2005 domain count growth.
For 1993-1996 domain count data see Internet Growth Summary.


History of the Internet

Learn what the internet is and how it works, video
about the creation of the Internet, its development,
and evolution, in 8:10 minutes, at
YouTube
Another short video about Internet History .

You can also read a Brief History of the Internet , at
the Internet Hall of Fame, a website sponsored by
the Internet Society, which is an excellent resume
about the story behind the wide world web.
Recommended reading.


Here you will find the Internet History in a few links
Learn about Leonard Kleinrock who in 1962 invented
the packet-switching technology that made it all possible.


You can see a timetable highlighting some of the Internet
key events and technologies that helped shape the Internet
as we know it today at the
Hobbes Internet Timeline.

The Internet Virtual Library also features a very complete
page with links about the
Internet History.

The Living Internet is a free web site, including more than
700 pages about the Internet’s history, design, advanced use,
key features, security issues, help resources, and references
to additional information about the Internet.


The Internet Archive is another interesting website. They are
building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts
in digital form, like a paper library. Free access is provided to
researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
The Internet Archive is huge and growing every day. They have
received help from Sun Microsystems for storing the database,
in what could be called, literally
Internet in a Box . See this
three minute video where Brewster Kahle talks about how the
Wayback Machine is preserving the History of Web Pages.

The first commercial book about the Internet was published
in 1992. It was written by Ed Krol and it's attractive title was
The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog.

The Historical Text Archive is another interesting website, with
a story to tell. They publish articles and links to books, essays and
photos for a broad range of historical and cultural subjects. Here
you can see initial use of the Internet by academia in the 1980s.

World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable
technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead
the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce,
communication, and collective understanding. On the W3C page, you'll
find news, links to W3C technologies, help and ways to get involved.
Public participation is welcome at the
W3C


Internet Technology


A Complete Web Technology Reference Library
These reports condense the major technologies of the World Wide Web,
written for the technical specialists as well as for the non-technical readers.
Take a look at the executive summaries for the full content details.


Global Mobile Devices Market, Smartphones, Wearable Technology,
Handsets and Tablets Report


Digital Economy, M-2-M and Big Data, Key Global Trends Report

Global Mobile Broadband, a Key Focus for Industry and Society Report

Digital Media, IPTV, Smart TV, Pay TV and Digital Television
Report


Global Broadband, Fibre is the Infrastructure Required for the Future. This valuable report includes unique insights into regional developments, featuring key statistics, researched and written by senior analysts.

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