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Number 011 - October, 2005

Internet Hit 964 Million

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Hello and a great welcome to all subscribers.

One of the words that has always fascinated me has been "synergy". Very few people pay due attention to synergies in the Internet. This has to do with win-win situations. Synergies have to be taken into account in all marketing efforts, online as well as off-line.

We are happy to inform you that Internet usage and broadband access continue to grow worldwide. Today there are over 964 million documented Internet users worldwide. With this huge number of people in the Internet, there must be much potential for finding synergy. Success, riches and fame await for the lucky entrepreneurs that find sinergies and can make them work.

Another example of good synergy is between the
Internet World Stats web site and our new web site All About Market Research.

Traditional market research principles and good old common sense should always be your main guiding forces in e-Business, e-Marketing and e-Commerce.

Internet World Demographics
Global Internet usage is estimated at 964,289,701, equivalent to 15% of the world population, as of October 31/05 by Internet World Stats. This figure takes us closer to the one billion target at the end of 2005.

Please take note that the statistics for Europe have changed greatly because Turkey has been included among the European countries. This change was made considering the fact that Turkey is a candidate state for joining the European Union. The Middle East region reflects a decrease for this reason as well. The four
EU enlargement candidate countries have been included in a new individual page at the IWS web site for easier following.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey all present a very high Internet usage growth of 444% in the
last five years. This would suggest that high Internet access is considered a positive factor towards obtaining European Union membership, for implementing the changes required, and for enjoying the benefits that this alliance will bring to the people in these countries.

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Broadband in the United Kingdom
Ofcom, the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, has informed in its second annual Communications Market report, a range of new trends in broadband, digital broadcasting and other communications services. For broadband, these include the following:

1 - For the first time in the UK, there are now more households with broadband than dial-up Internet connections. 2005 was the year in which broadband became a genuinely mainstream consumer product, now present in almost 30% of all UK households and businesses and actively considered by many more.

2 - The number of new broadband connections per week has increased almost fifteen-fold in three years - from 5,500 per week in 2001 to 73,800 per week in 2004. This rapid acceleration in take-up has led to a (provisional) total of 8.1 million connections as of June 2005, more than double the number of connections at the end of 2003. By the end of 2005, 99.6% of UK homes will be connected to a broadband-enabled exchange.

3 - Average broadband connection speeds are also increasing. At the end of 2002, a 512kps connection typically cost £27 a month; as a result of greater competition between providers, a 1 Mbps connection now costs £20 a month.

4 - The combination of mass-market appeal, rapid growth, falling prices, increasing connection speeds and innovation in video technology means that by 2010, the number of households able to view television over broadband is likely to exceed the number of households dependent on analogue terrestrial broadcasts for all their television viewing. For further coverage, please visit the Ofcom web site.

Nielsen//NetRatings, leading provider of Internet research, confirms the increasing take-up of broadband in the UK. Almost three quarters of Briton’s (73%) now access the Internet from home using broadband compared to 46% this time last year, a growth of 59% according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Additionally, the broadband users spend twice as long on their computers and view 3.5 times as many web-pages each month as narrowband users. Download the pdf release for
further reading.

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Internet in the Baltic Countries
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was formed in year 1992 by the eleven countries of this region ( Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden). A report dated November 3/05 by Clickz and based on our data gives very good information on the current Internet Usage situation in the eleven Baltic Sea States, the high penetration rate and the growth in the last five years.

Clickz article shows a very creative research report performed with the Internet usage data published by Internet World Stats. We hope to see more research reports like this one in the future.

Internet Over Gas Pipes
Yes, you read it correctly and its no joke. A US company in San Diego called Nethercomm is developing a way to use ultra wideband wireless signals to transmit data at broadband speeds through natural-gas pipes. Nethercomm is testing Ultra wideband, or UWB, a developing communication technology that delivers very high-speed network data rates, at very high power levels.

The ultra wideband radio transmitters and receivers will send wireless signals through the natural-gas pipe at the same time the pipe is delivering gas fuel. The company claims its technology will be able to offer 100 megabits per second to every home, which is more than enough to provide voice, video and high-speed Internet access, at lower costs.

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And that's all for today.

Best regards to all,

Enrique de Argaez,
editor and webmaster

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