The number of Internet users in Russia grew to 70 million people, 49% of the population

The number of Internet users in Russia in 2011, according to preliminary data, increased by 5.4% — up to 70 million people, told reporters on Monday the head of the Russian Ministry of Communications Igor Shchegolev. Thus the number of Internet users in the country was 49% of the 142 million 857 thousand people living in Russia, according to the Federal State Statistics Service.


"Compared with 2010, the rate has decreased, but the audience continues to grow", — quotes RIA "Novosti" Minister, I remind you that in 2011, Russia ranked first in the number of Internet users in Europe, ahead of Germany.

According to the Ministry of Communications, the most popular among Russians internet website in 2011 was "Yandex", and the largest Russian social network "VKontakte" — the leader on the amount of time spent by Europeans on the site (an average of 7.1 hours per month).

According to the forecast of the minister, in 2013 Russians using the network will be much more — about 90 million people.

Schogolev also noted that in the past year, Russia was in the top ten countries in the world for the development of broadband Internet access. "Russia is recognized as the fastest growing country in terms of user growth: annual growth is estimated at more than 2 million people — more than 20 percent increase compared to the 12-percent increase in the world" — said the Minister.

The Minister also said that in 2011 the total number of PCs will reach 74.4 million units, up 20.2% more than in 2010.

"Last year, we have assumed that by 2013, the PC equipment should reach 62.4 pieces per 100 people (of the order of 89 million pieces), but it is already adjusted projected to increase this figure to 62.9 pieces," said the head of the Ministry of Communications. "Times"

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