Brazil: Internet subscribers rose 21.5 percent in 2009

Brazil continues to be a hot spot for Internet growth. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there were 67.9 million Internet users as of the end of December 2009--a 21.5 percent increase over 2008.

One of the interesting facts that were revealed in IBGE's National Survey by Household Sample (PNAD) was that the number of people that use the Internet increased by 12 million during the period it measured. On a regional basis, Brazil's southeastern states, a region that represents 48.1 percent of the region's total population, saw a strong increase in Internet usage. Not far behind was Brazil's northern states and northeast, which saw 34.3 percent and 30.2 percent in Internet uptake, respectively.

Not surprisingly, the dominant users of the Internet in Brazil were teenagers. The IBGE said in its report that 71 percent of 15-17 years and 68.7 percent of 18 and 19 year-olds were Internet users.

For more:
- TeleGeography has this article

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