to the most recent surveys, active users of the Web (for purchasing)
educated, well-off, older men. A News Century Networks/Laredo
Group study found 72% of active buyers are male; 90% have attended
college; 81% are employed; and 66% are over the age of 35. In
addition, 48% earn at least $75,000 a year.
news readers. The New Century Networks also found 57% of online
newspaper readers (who may be more Web savvy than other surfers)
surveyed have bought something on the Net in the last year. Making
them twice as likely to make purchases online as the average Internet
next few years several successful e-commerce models will emerge,
the result of many risky ventures. And many failures. One thing
is certain: The floodgates of profitable Web sales will open
once security improves. If you wait until then to figure out how
you can cash in, the Holy Grail will be long gone -- spirited
away by competition that planned ahead.
to Dataquest, there will be 82 million personal computers connected
to the Internet by the end of 1999, up 71 percent from 1996. Dataquest
analysts said the business market will continue to drive the implementation
of the Internet and by 2001, 268 million computers are projected
to be connected. Dramatic growth in Internet users has generated
an Internet software and services market that is forecast to grow
60 percent in 1999 with revenue reaching USD12.2 billion, up from
USD7.5 billion in 1996. Dataquest predicts the Internet software
and services market will reach USD32.2 billion by 2001.
to a report released by Consult, an Australian Internet Research
company, there are 790,000 commercial internet users and 600,000
academic and educational users in Australia. Those logging on from
home said they are looking for entertainment first and e-mail second.
Chat comprised 4 percent of usage with users being predominantly
female. The average person spends 22 hours online per week and this
is usually between 6.00pm and 12.00pm local time. 80 percent of
this time is spent viewing US content. Of more than 8,500 surveyed
30 percent conveyed a desire for faster response times. The majority
of growth in the Web in Australia is business-based but this is
impeded by slow connection which manifests itself in less traffic
per minute. Australian businesses are paying the same prices as
US businesses pay for high-speed access.
growth in Asia since 1996 Aug 14 1999: Asia accounts for 10 percent
of total Internet hosts, according to a report by Paul Budde Communication's.
The report showed that average growth in Asia and the Pacific was
240 percent since 1996. At 500,000 the Philippines have the largest
number of Internet hosts while Japan have the highest growth rate
at 200 percent. In the next two years, it's expected that the number
of subscribers will triple from 2 million in 1996 to 6 million in
1998. This is attributed to the fact that 50 percent of the population
in the Asia/Pacific region are under 25, compared to 26 percent
in the US and 28 percent in Australia. The China Education and Research
Network (CERNET) is planning to introduce the Internet to the country's
universities and education/research institutes making this the largest
Internet project under construction in the region so far.
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For a general
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