Maps of the State and Growth of the Internet and the Web in ALyC

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Copyright © 1996 MIDS by jsq.gif  John S. Quarterman <jsq@mids.org>
Matrix Information and Directory Services, Inc. (MIDS) and
Gretchen Phillips <gretchen@acsu.buffalo.edu>
The University at Buffalo for
V Foro Permanente de Redes de America Latina y el Caribe
(Fifth Permanent Forum on Computer Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean )


Overview

Growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) has been phenomenal worldwide, and also in Latin America and the Caribbean (ALyC). This presentation demonstrates the historical growth and current size of the Internet and the web in ALyC in graphs and two kinds of maps. This kind of presentation permits observing the Internet on a scale and with a degree of comprehensiveness that does not occur elsewhere. A visual presentation permits comparisons and overall impressions that are difficult to form solely from numerical data. Geographical localization ties the Internet to traditional concepts of place, bringing a sense of familiarity while at the same time highlighting the astounding growth of the Internet. These graphs and maps use a crude but effective measure of the web: hosts with names starting with WWW, such as http://www.mids.org or www1.mids.org. Obviously this is not all web servers on the Internet, but it is enough to illustrate the growth and geographical dispersion of the web.

The icon maps include the web as a fifth network, along with hosts of the Internet, BITNET, FidoNet, and UUCP. The web is not really a separate network, of course, since web servers are also Internet nodes, but it is convenient to depict it as such.

It is important to note that this is always an ongoing project. People familiar in detail with the Internet in parts of ALyC will find areas to improve these depictions. For example, all of Peru is shown as in Lima. When we get better localization data, we can fix that. We provide maps per state for Brazil, because the Brazilian domain registry has been most cooperative in giving us access to the data. We can do that for other countries, as well, if we are provided access to similar domain data. We offer a discount on MMQ 302 <URL:http://www.mids.org/mn/605/mmqspec.html> (see below) or other MIDS publications to anyone who supplies information usable for better localization of maps in that publication.

The data is from the Network Wizards Internet Domain Survey. All analysis and graphical presentation of the data is by MIDS.

Permission is hereby granted for use of the specific graphics and text in this presentation by anyone connected with the Internet in Latin America or the Caribbean. MIDS retains copyright and reserves all other uses of this material. The MIDS grant of permission for use of these specific materials does not affect rights to any other MIDS materials.

This work is supported by subscribers to Matrix Maps Quarterly and Matrix News, and purchasers of our other MIDS products.

Color versions of the maps and graphics in this presentation, plus similar maps for Europe and the world, appear in Matrix Maps Quarterly 302 (MMQ 302).


ALyC WWW* Growth

  • WWW* Growth Graph, ALyC, Jan 1993-Jan1996
    Increase in number of WWW* servers per country over three years.

Mexico to the Caribbean

Mexico is on a par with Ireland in total Internet hosts, and is second only to Brazil in ALyC.

  • Bar WWW* Map, MXaC, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its number of WWW* hosts as of January 1996.
  • Bar Host Growth Map, MXaC, Jan 1995-Jan 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its increase in hosts in 1995.
  • Bar Host Map, MXaC, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its total hosts in January 1996.
  • Bar Host per Capita Map, MXaC, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its hosts per capita in January 1996.
  • Icon Host Map, MXaC, January 1996
    An icon at each city indicates the total hosts there in January 1996.

South America

Argentina has the interesting distinction of having the fourth largest UUCP network in the world, and also a booming national Internet, busily absorbing the UUCP network. Paraguay joined the Internet the week before the Forum. That was the last big disconnected country in the region, except two: Haiti and Cuba.

  • Bar WWW* Map, samer, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its number of WWW* hosts as of January 1996.
  • Bar Host Growth Map, samer, Jan 1995-Jan 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its increase in hosts in 1995.
  • Bar Host Map, samer, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its total hosts in January 1996.
  • Bar Host per Capita Map, samer, January 1996
    A bar over each country indicates its hosts per capita in January 1996.
  • Icon Host Map, samer, January 1996
    An icon at each city indicates the total hosts there in January 1996.

Brazil

The current status of Brazil per state. Special thanks to the Brazilian domain registry for access to their data. Brazil has pulled ahead of Russia in total Internet hosts as of January 1996, although it is still behind Singapore. Brazil has more Internet hosts than any other country in ALyC, and is also well along the road to commercialization. A year ago, Brasilia and the Federal District led all Brazilian states in hosts. But over the six months from July 1995 to January 1996, Brasilia actually showed a decrease in hosts, while two states surged ahead as commercialization of the Internet progressed there.

We are prepared to do similar maps for Peru and Ecuador as soon as we get access to information on where domains in those countries are. We can do other countries similarly, as well.

  • Bar WWW* Map, Brazil, January 1996
  • Bar Host Growth Map, Brazil, Jul 1995-Jan 1996
  • Bar Host Map, Brazil, January 1996
  • Bar Host per Capita Map, Brazil, January 1996
  • Icon Host Map, Brazil, January 1996

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