As of last month, the number of people using the Internet passed 50 million, according to International Data research.
There were 53.3 million worldwide users on the Internet in September and 44.2 million of those users also used the World Wide Web, according to IDC. The non-Web Internet users are mostly using email.
The Internet is expected to reach 60 million users and the Web will reach 50 million users by the end of this year, a jump of 26 million Internet users and 22.4 million Web users. IDC also expects 30% of PCs and NCs worldwide to be connected to the Internet by year's end .
The Web itself has grown from 72 million pages last December to 200 million pages in September.
Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, IDC can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.idcresearch.com/.