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Chapter 1. Market Drivers > The World Wide Web

The World Wide Web

In addition to video services, the second market driver for RBB networking is access to the World Wide Web.

According to Matrix Information and Directory Services and Network Wizards , two authoritative sources of Internet statistics, the Internet consisted of 43,230,000 "advertised" connected computers (hosts) in 214 countries and territories as of January 1999. Because of the unknown numbers of multiuser computers and network or application gateways, it is not possible to correlate the number of hosts with the number of end users. However, market surveys estimate the number of active Internet users at well over 100,000,000 worldwide. (See the MIDS estimates at www.mids.org. ) The current Internet annual host growth rate is 46 percent, which extrapolates to 100 million hosts by the second quarter of 2001.


  

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