July 31, 2008 - 08:00 AM US
New Internet Country Rankings
The list of Top 20 Internet Countries in the world
has been shuffled. China is now in first position
with 253 million Internet users according to CNNIC
and Internet World Stats.
Bogota, July 31, 2008 -- Market research website
Internet World Stats has reported today that the
top 20 countries in Internet now account for 76.0
percent of the Internet users universe. Together,
these twenty nations represent 1,109,213,572 people.
Total Internet users for June 30, 2008 are estimated
to be 1,458,632,361 persons worldwide.
Another interesting conclusion from this study is that
the balance of Internet users, approximately 349,418,789
persons, come from 251 different countries and territories.
These figures, once again, prove that the Pareto Principle
holds true in the Internet.
The list of the Top Twenty Countries in Internet has remained
fairly stable in the last few years. This hold specially
true for the top positions. The United Stats of America
had maintained the first position as the leading Internet
country because it had the largest number of Internet users.
As of June 30, 2008 the USA was displaced by China, who reports
253 million users. The USA with its 220 million users
now occupies the second place in the list.
The size of a country's total population will ultimately
determine its posibilities of occupying the top spots of
the list, and of remaining there. Countries currently with
high Internet penetration rates will show less possibilities
of increasing their ranking in the Top Twenty List, naturally.
Any changes in the list will probably occur among the countries
in the last positions and already with high penetration. It is
worth mentioning that three countries in the list are considered
to apply censorship to the Internet. Curiously, this situation
has not restrained them from participating in the list of
the 20 largest Internet countries.
"Due to the huge population size of China", comments
Enrique De Argaez, the author of this study, "this
great nation will continue to dominate in the future
the top position as the largest Internet
country. The only possible contender would be India.
However, in my opinion, high economic development will keep China
in the top Internet spot for many years. The United
States of America also will continue to be the second
largest Internet nation for many, many years."
For further details, charts and graphs, please visit the
website at www.internetworldstats.com/top20.htm
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