There will be 82 million PCs connected to the Internet by the end of this year, according to Dataquest, a 71 per cent increase on the year before.
By 2001 the figure will rise to 268 million worldwide, driven primarily by increased business use of the Net.
The Internet boom will also drive the associated services and software market, which is forecast to grow by 60 per cent this year to $12.2 billion in revenue, and to reach $32.2 billion by 2001. The services portion is worth 92 per cent of this figure.
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