29 May 2014

Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2014 slides, Internet Users Growth Slowing

KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by Mary Meeker

Probably the most important takeaways for the domain name industry in the Internet trends 2014 slides by Mary Meeker, KPCB: the total number of Internet users in the world is growing less than 10 percent per year and slowing and internet users are increasingly accessing the web via mobile devices.

And while the number of total internet users may be relevant, unfortunately the KPCB internet trends report does not give us the data on the most important factors for domain name registrations per capita in a nation or region:
1. Good Internet Connectivity (available, fast, cheap) - for some of that data see here, and here (pdf);
2. High Gross National Income (GNI) per capita - (for that data see here and here);
3. Absence of internet censorship - for some of that data see here.

The above factors are why 78% of all TLD (gTLDs + ccTLDs) registrations in the world are in Europe and North America, and why there are fewer TLD domain names registered in China than the UK even though China's internet user population is 10 times that of the UK (see: Domain Name Registrations and the Global Internet Population).

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