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June 30, 2005. Bigmir.Net

Bigmir.Net reports that Ukrainian Internet user audience in May inched down to 6,3 mln. (monthly audience), weekly audience stood at 1,9 mln., while daily audience decreased to 467 thousand, which is solely due to a start of summer vacation season. Kyiv residents accounted for 53,4% of the total audience, other larger cities with population above a million people shared 30,5% of total. Google continues to gain popularity with 42% of all search requests, Yandex is second with 16%, Meta outstripped Rambler with 13,4%.

June 22, 2005. Public Opinion Fund

The results of a recent poll "Internet in Russia" Spring 2005 put the estimated Internet user audience in the country at 18.9 mln., which corresponds to a penetration rate of 17%. Year-on-year growth rate exceeds 126%. Active users (weekly audience) is around 11 mln. or 10% of the total population in the country. Daily audience went up to 5.7 mln. Moscow and Central Region account for 35% of all users. Rising accessibility and affordability of home access resulted in continuing growth in preference towards going online from home to 48%, 40% use Internet at work. Some 3% or respondents or 3,1 mln. plan to join Internet user audience within a year. Users aged 18-35 account for 66% of the total audience, those aged 18-24 comprise 38% and continue to outstrip other age groups by respective growth rates.

April 05, 2005. Bigmir.Net

According to recent report of Bigmir.Net the number of interent users in Ukraine in March topped 6.4 mln. (monthly audience) - a rise of 14% as compared to February, weekly audience reached 1.9 mln., while the daily audience was around 493 thousand. The share of Kyiv residents remained high at 53.6% of all users in the country.

22 March, 2005. Public Opinion Fund

The recent poll "Internet in Russia" Winter 2004-2005 showed that as many as 17.6 mln. people in Russia declare themselves as internet users, which corresponds to a penetration level of 16%. The year-on-year growth rate is 120%. Most active weekly audience is around 10.3 mln. or 9% of the country's population. Daily audience decreased from 5.5 (in Fall 2004) to 5.2 mln. Some 3% of population or 3.7 mln. plan to go online within a year. Users aged 18 to 35 years old comprise over 66% of all internet users in the country.

March 06, 2005. Bigmir.Net

Internet Stats Service of Bigmir.Net reports that the number of internet users in February in Ukraine reached 5.6 mln. (monthly audience), weekly audience is 1.8 mln., the number of daily users is 479 thousand. - a rise of 13.4% as compared to January. While due to a vacation season in January the daily users stood at 422 tohousand, the December audience was 463 thousand, therefore if compared with December the growth rate is only 3.5%. Google is gaining popularity among Ukrainian audience, its share of search requests rose to 40%, Rambler and Yandex now account for 15% each.

December 23, 2004. Public Opinion Fund

The "Internet in Russia" Fall 2004 poll results say that over 17.3 mln. Russians or 16% of population are now online. The year-on-year growth rate stands at 132%. Weekly users are estimated at 10.1 mln. or 9% of the country's population. While a year ago the weekly audience comprised 53% of the total, now it is 58%, daily audience picked up from 25% to 32% now. Despite a slowdown in the total user audience growth, the existing users become more and more active.

December 02, 2004. Bigmir.Net

According to the recent report of Bigmir.Net online statistics the events of Orange Revolution brought about a rapid growth in internet audience in Ukraine, mainly in the regions remote from capital as people looking for independent sources of information turned to internet news agencies and opposition movement web-sites. The monthly audience reached 5,5 million, weekly 1,6 million and the daily average stood at 451 thousand. Russian search-engine Yandex is further losing popularity among Ukrainian users, now only third after Rambler, the uncontested leadership is behind Google with over 38% of total search requests.

November 04, 2004. KorrespondenT.Net

As reported by KorrespondenT.Net, the first comprehesive service to monitor internet usage and access statistics in Ukraine has been lauched today by Bigmir.Net, the largest search engine, internet directory, rating and access log service in the country. Unlike Public Opinion Fund in Russia doing its research about internet usage trends via various polls, Bigmir.Net is gathering real-time data from all member sites in its directory. Although as many as 35 thousand sites are registered (the bulk of those hosted in Ukraine or otherwise targeted at Ukrainian audience), access log statistics is delivered only by 15 thousand active sites. According to the first report as of October 2004 monthly audience of the Ukrainian internet reached 3.9 million, the weekly audience was 1.3 million and the daily audience stood at 360 thousand. Kiev city residents continue to account for the bulk of the audience or 55% of total across the country, cities with 1 million residents and above (Dnipropetrivsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Donetsk, Zaporizhya) all in all account for another 30%. Unlike in Russia it appears twice as many Ukrainian users prefer Google over Yandex to search the internet. Unfortunately this real-time access log statistics service lacks many critical advantages of the Public Opinion Fund polls in Russia, as it does not provide any guidance as to the social parameters of the audience, usage preferences and growth potential. Besides, the total audience estimate is also questinable as most people go online via dial-up connection, therefore there can be a dozen different people going online under the same IP address and the Bigmir.Net will count them as one, because it can only distinguish visitors by respective IP address. However, this service is a good stating point and can be used only with caution as a benchmark by advertisers, eshops and almost anyone envolved in e-commerce.

September 20, 2004. Public Opinion Fund

The results of the poll Internet in Russia: Summer 2004 estimate Internet audience in Russia has grown to 16.9 million, the penetration rate reached 15% of population. Year-on-year the growth rate exceeded 140%. The absolute growth during summer period this year topped 2.0 million as compared to less than 0.6 million in summer 2003. Most active weekly audience is estimated at 9.5 million or 9% of total population. As many as 5% of respodents consider joining the community of internet users within a year, which is roughly equivalent to 5.7 million. The shares of internet users in various age groups in Moscow are substantially different from those in the rest of the country. In Moscow 74% among those aged between 18 and 24 go online, while in the rest of the country only 37%. Similar pattern holds for those aged between 25 and 34: over 69% vs.just 26%. Meanwhile these two age groups comprise 66% the total user audience across the country and 54% in Moscow.

June 20, 2004. Public Opinion Fund

According to the poll Internet in Russia: Spring 2004, Russias Internet audience has risen to 14.9 million from 11.5 million people a year earlier, putting the Internet penetration rate at 13%. Year-on-year the Internet penetration grew by 130% . (These findings are well supported with the results of our own research Correlation between Internet penetration and Internet audience growth rates). The growth rate of Russias Internet audience is slowing. In spring 2003 1.9 million people started using the web in Russia, while in spring 2004 this number was only 0.3 million. Out of all Internet users, active users (those who surf the web at least once a week) made up 8.5 million or 8% of the Russian population. The Internet audience is also changing. The proportion of the Internet users from Moscow and Central Macroregion has dropped to 35%. At the same time the proportion of daily Internet users has declined to 43% for Moscow, but rose to 29% for entire Russia. The upbeat estimates of the Internet penetration in Russia for year-end 2004 are thinning along with this trend. Only 8% of those polled or 9.4 million people plan to start using the web this year. Most likely the era of the explosive growth of Internet penetration has come to an end in Russia. However, the quantity is now turning into the quality!

March 22, 2004. Public Opinion Fund

According to Internet in Russia Winter 2003-2004 poll the number of Internet users rose to 14.6 million in Russia, which corresponds to 13% penetration rate. Taking into account that this number was only 9.6 million people a year ago, Internet penetration grew 152% in 2003. Nevertheless the number of active users (weekly audience) made up only 8.2 million, or 7% of Russias population. The nations Internet services market continues to grow. As before, Moscow and the Central Macroregion account for over 45% of the total, while the most active daily Internet audience is estimated at 51% for Moscow residents. This is significantly higher as compared to the average of 26% all over Russia. The proportion of users who access Internet from home rose from 35% to 42% year-on-year. Almost 42% of the Internet users go online mostly at work. Experts are optimistic about Russias Internet market potential because about 10% of respondents, or 10.8 million people plan to become Internet users during this year. As before, most active Internet users are aged between 18 and 24 (37%) and between 25 and 34 (30%). These groups have enjoyed the highest growth rates as well: 34% and 23% respectively. Furthermore, out of all Internet users in Russia, 57% are men and 43% are women. Internet users with higher education account for 35% of the total. As for the distribution of Internet users by disposable income, the depreciation of the US dollar brought about a noticeable decrease of the proportion of people with over USD 100 in monthly income from 33% to 27%, while the proportion of families with such an income rose from 12% to 22%. Thus, the disposable income growth in 10% of the polled families brought about a 4% increase in the number of Internet users in Russia.

January 21, 2004. Interfax Ukraine.

The number of Internet users in Ukraine increased 1.5 times to 3.8 million people in 2003.

According to Goskomsvyaz, last year Internet penetration rate reached 8%, up from 5% a year earlier, in Ukraine. The number of Internet sites in the Ukrainian segment rose 4.2% to 28,800. Currently, there are around 300 Internet providers in Ukraine. Experts estimate that 10 biggest providers control up to 80% of this market. According to the Administrator of .ua domain, 2003 saw a 22% increase of domain names to 109,000.

December 29th 2003. "Public Opinion" Fund

According to the poll Internet in Russia in Fall 2003 the number of Internet users rose to 13.1 mill. people. This puts the nation's Internet penetration rate at 12%. Compared to Fall of 2002 when the number of Internet users was less than 8.7 mill people, the growth rate topped 151%. However, the number of active users (those who were on line during the past week) was only 6.9 million or 6% of Russia's population. Because the number of active users is increasing at a 150% rate as well, it is obvious that Internet use in Russia has much more room for growth. Poor telecommunications infrastructure and high cost of Internet services in regions constrain the growth of Internet use in the areas outside of Russia's Central Macroregion. Moscow alone accounts for 35% of the country's Internet users. Only 40% of Moscow Internet users are active (weekly audience), which is lower than the average of 25% all over Russia. Among the Internet access points, the workplace holds the leading position with 42%. The share of those who go online at home rose from 32% to 36% in 2003. About 15% of those polled or 16.8 mill. people plan to connect to start using Internet within a year. The most active users are those aged between 18 and 24 years old (32%), with those aged between 25 and 34 years old (19%) being the second largest group. Users with higher educations account for 35% of the total.

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