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Chinese internet firms dominant in top 20

Buoyed by the country’s vast online user community, Chinese internet firms made up the majority of the Asia-Pacific’s top 20 most visited website rankings in May, said digital market researcher comScore.

comScore World Metrix study reveals that in May there were nearly 284 million people age 15 or older who accessed the Internet from either a home or work computer in the region. This represents 10 percent of the Asian-Pacific population 15 years of age and older. The average person in the Asia-Pacific region visited the Internet on 13.8 days in the month and spent 20.2 hours viewing 2,171 pages. This compares to the global averages of 17.1 usage days per month, 25.2 hours per month, and 2,519 pages per month, indicating that the Asia-Pacific region’s PC-based Internet usage is somewhat lower than the rest of the world.

The comScore study compares activity across the 10 countries where comScore reports on Internet usage with a consistent panel-based measurement ensuring harmonized cross country comparisons. Significant findings from the study include:

  • South Korea boasts the greatest rate of Internet usage, with 65 percent of its population using the Internet in May (home and work locations, age 15 or older), followed by Australia (62 percent), New Zealand (60 percent) and Hong Kong (59 percent). India has the lowest penetration at just 3 percent.
  • China clearly has the largest online population with 91.5 million people (age 15 or older accessing the Internet from either a home or a work computer in May 2007), but this translates to a penetration of only 9 percent of the country’s population. Japan has 53.7 million users (49 percent penetration) and South Korea 26.3 million (65 percent penetration). Combined, these 3 countries account for 60 percent of the region’s Internet population.
  • South Korea has the most active online population, using the Internet an average of 17.4 days per person in May, and dedicating 31.2 hours to viewing 4,546 pages during the month – twice as many pages as the regional average of 2,171 pages per user.
  • New Zealanders constitute the smallest online population in the region (1,949 million people) but are online 16.4 days per month, versus the regional average of 13.8 days.



Top 3 Properties Based on Monthly Unique Visitors
  1 2 3
Worldwide  Google Sites  Microsoft Sites  Yahoo! Sites
Asia-Pacific*  Yahoo! Sites  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites
Australia  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites  Yahoo! Sites
China  Microsoft Sites  Baidu Sites  TENCENT
Hong Kong  Yahoo! Sites  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites
India  Yahoo! Sites  Google Sites  Microsoft Sites
Japan  Yahoo! Sites  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites
Malaysia  Yahoo! Sites  Google Sites  Microsoft Sites
New Zealand  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites  Fairfax Media
Singapore  Yahoo! Sites  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites
South Korea  NHN Corporation  Lycos Sites  Microsoft Sites
Taiwan  Yahoo! Sites  Microsoft Sites  Google Sites 

(Source: comScore)