As ITAR-TASS informed the number of Internet users in Russia in 2011, according to preliminary data, increased by 5.4% – up to 70 million people. These data led the journalists head the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications Igor Shchegolev.
“Compared to 2010 the rate has decreased, but the audience continues to grow,” – said Shchegolev, recalling that, in the past year, Russia ranked first in number of Internet users in Europe, overtaking Germany.
According to the Shchegolev, the most popular in 2011 among Russians was “Yandex”, and largest social network “VKontakte”.
Russian Internet users will reach 90 million, in 2013, said Shchegolev.
Shchegolev also noted that, in the past year, Russia was in the top ten countries for the development of broadband Internet access. “Russia recognized as the fastest growing country in the growth rate of users: the annual increase estimated at more than 2 million people – more than 20 per cent increase compared with 12 percent growth in the world,” – said the Minister.
According to him, growth broadband market in Russia continues to grow. By 2011, the figure was 40 lines per 100 inhabitants, and by 2015, it projected to increase to 60 lines per 100 inhabitants.
The Minister also said that in, 2011, the total number of personal computers will be 74.4 million units, up 20.2% more than in 2010.
“Last year, we had predicted that, by 2013, computer equipment should reach 62.4 pieces per 100 people (only about 89 million units), but now we adjusted projected to increase this figure to 62.9 pieces,” – said the head of Ministry of Communications.