Active Home Internet Users by Country, December 2006

Active home Internet usage experienced its largest growth in Spain as the year closed out, according to data from Nielsen//NetRatings.


Active Internet Universe, December 2006
Country November 2006 December 2006 Growth (%) Diff.
Australia 10,648,118 10,698,764 0.48 50,647
Brazil 14,448,077 14,419,335 -0.20 -28,741
France 20,876,899 21,183,022 1.47 306,123
Germany 33,282,100 33,396,576 0.34 114,476
Italy 17,242,991 17,560,383 1.84 317,392
Japan 43,879,983 44,627,021 1.70 747,038
Switzerland 3,796,392 3,753,112 -1.14 -43,281
Spain 13,227,952 13,625,800 3.01 397,848
U.K. 24,015,923 24,369,320 1.47 353,397
U.S. 150,190,256 150,419,613 0.15 229,358
Total 331,608,691 334,052,947 0.74 2,444,256
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, 2007

Spain saw the largest percentage of growth in December (3.01 percent), with 397,848 new users. In Japan, there were 747,038 new users, accounting for a 1.7 percent increase. Increases were also seen in Italy (1.84 percent); the U.K. (1.47); and France (1.47 percent).

A drop in active Internet users was visible in Switzerland (-1.14 percent) and Brazil (-0.20 percent), despite Brazil’s lead in November.

Nielsen//NetRatings uses a sampling methodology applied worldwide, which allows for data aggregation on regional and global bases.

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