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 November 05, 1999
ASIA-PACIFIC INTERNET USER BASE TO GROW 422% BY 2005 WITH CHINA ALMOST 40% OF USERS IN REGION

 Research being conducted by The Phillips Group predicts that the Internet user base in the Asia-Pacific (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India and China) region will increase from an anticipated 43.6 million at the beginning of 2000 to at least 228 million by the close of 2005.
The research has analysed market dynamics in the region and suggests growth may be even greater if recently announced fibre projects are implemented. Early indications show that the potential Asia-Pacific Internet market for 2006 could comprise in excess of 370 million users - an increase of 750% from the figures predicted for the end of 1999.
Within the Asia-Pacific region, China is expected to take over the Japan's present number one spot, in terms of Internet user base growth rate, by late 2004. This will be consolidated by the close of 2005 when it will exceed 85 million, representing 37.64% of the entire Asia-Pacific user base (with a penetration of 6.58%).
In contrast, Japan's user base share represents greater than 60% penetration.
The Phillips Group draws this information from initial findings of a new study Net Pressure which assesses the impact of the Internet on carrier traffic patterns and infrastructure.
Net Pressure will provide forecasts of growth in Internet traffic, the demands that growth will make on bandwidth and the increase in Internet traffic nexus points globally.
The Phillips Group has established a website for the study at http://www.netpressure.com. A full prospectus and enquiry form is available at that location.