China has now overtaken the US with the largest number of internet users. However, this still represents less than a quarter of the country’s population.
By 2012, Asian web surfers, including about 490 million Chinese, will outnumber North Americans by 3 to 1 and Indians will become the second-largest group online.
Tomorrow’s web will probably be dominated by a mixture of the English, Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese and Russian languages.
(Data sources: InternetWorldStats.com, TeleGeography Research, IDC, The Radicati Group)