Active Home Web Use by Country, January 2006

The number of active home Internet users continues its growth in a majority of the 11 countries tracked by Nielsen//NetRatings. Yet the overall growth rate stagnated in January due to a decrease in active users in a few countries.

Brazil continued to lose traction with active Internet users, experiencing a 1.41 percent slip. After closing the year with a slight increase to its Internet user base in December, Germany’s active users slipped just over half a percent. While France gained the lead in European broadband accounts last year, January showed a loss of 132,724 active users. Declines were also experienced in Sweden and the United States.

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


Active Home Internet Users by Country, January 2006
Country December
2005
January
2006
Change (%) One-Month
Change
Australia 9,904,266 10,026,975 1.24 122,709
Brazil 12,208,375 12,035,681 -1.41 -172,694
France 17,034,848 16,902,124 -0.78 -132,724
Germany 32,071,064 31,877,073 -0.60 -193,991
Italy 16,967,127 17,361,737 2.33 394,610
Japan 40,134,842 39,817,810 -0.79 -317,393
Spain 11,437,670 11,559,842 1.07 122,172
Sweden 4,739,069 4,651,538 -1.85 -87,531
Switzerland 3,577,870 3,604,622 0.75 26,752
United
Kingdom
23,812,843 24,360,856 2.30 548,014
United
States
143,784,919 143,428,291 -0.25 -356,628
Total 315,672,890 315,626,187 -0.01 -46,703
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, 2006

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