29% growth in wireless Internet users worldwide in 2004

Wireless data access experienced a 29% increase in global wireless Internet users in 2004, according to Ipsos-Insight and reported by Red Herring Fast Stats. 44% of Internet users in measured markets have accessed the Internet wirelessly. Growth was most significant in the US and Japan, whose 15 mln and 11.6 mln new wireless Internet users, respectively, accounted for a combined 69% user increase. 54% of the general adult population in Japan has wireless Internet access, far ahead of runners-up South Korea, with 28%, and the US, with 20%. Of the 12 countries studied, the bottom three were Russia, with 2%, Brazil, with 3%, and India, with 4%.