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71,000 New Net Users Every Day: New International Study

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71,000 New Net Users Every Day: New International Study

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New international study

Across the continents, during the last year, an average of 71,000 first-time users have logged onto the Internet each day, according to a new report from the International Data Corp. (IDC). That means nearly 3,000 new users are logging on every hour, around the clock.

IDC is a highly respected Framingham, Mass., market research firm that has 300 analysts in 40 countries gathering data about Internet use and other consumer behavior patterns for high-technology corporations.

The company's latest findings, delivered at the Internet '98 conference in Burlingame, Calif., indicate that whether measured by the number of users, the number of URLs available to surf, or the amount of money changing hands across its channels of electronic commerce, the Internet is exploding in size.

As of the first week of October, there were a total of more than 53.2 million Internet users worldwide and, at the current rate of daily increase, there will be more than 60 million Netizens by Dec. 31, IDC reported.

Only half of all today's Internet users live in North America--a fact that reflects dramatic international change. …

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