Study: Internet access devices on the rise
The Internet continues to proliferate, but so far, the number of Internet-enabled devices remains limited to basic laptops and PCs and some early Internet-ready phones. But according to a new study from researcher In-Stat/MDR (a sister company to CED), we're on the cusp of a movement that will see a bevy of new Internet-ready devices come online in the near future.
As In-Stat/MDR sees it, the market for Internet access devices-which includes things like personal computing devices, mobile phones, Internet-enabled set-top boxes, Internet appliances, even smart appliances-is expected to grow at a robust 28.2 percent clip from 2001 to 2006.
Specifically, In-Stat expects growth to rise to over 790 million units in 2006, from about 226 million units in 2001. Breaking that number down further, PCs and mobile phones will make up the lion's share of Internet access devices by then. But over time, Internet appliances like Web pads and tablet PCs will have the highest growth over the period, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 74.3 percent.