|maui realtor - Asian markets are among the fastest growing markets in the world in terms of number of households connected to the Internet, according to NetValue, while the United States has experienced negative growth.
NetValue's examination of 10 Internet markets in the first half of 2001 found that Hong Kong leads the list with 27.9 percent growth from January to June 2001.
Spain is the fastest growing European market in the survey, with the percentage of households online increasing by 25.3 percent, while Korea ranks third with 15 percent. Internet growth in the United States has been relatively constant over the first half of 2001, with NetValue reporting a
0.2 percent drop in the number of U.S. households online. Despite the stagnant growth level, NetValue's research reaffirmed the position of the United States as the world's largest Internet market. In June 2001, the United States had more than 83 million users, more than all of the other countries in the survey put together. Running a distant second was Germany with 14.6 million users. Internet users in Singapore spend the most time online per session at 24 minutes. The United States, despite reports that the world's most mature Internet market is getting sick of the Internet, spends 23.6 minutes per session.