IDC: European Web Hosting Market to Surpass US$5B

LONDON (08/16/2000) - The Web hosting market in Western Europe is set to grow from an estimated US$907 million at the end of this year to over $5 billion by 2004, according to a new report by market analysis company International Data Corp.

U.S. providers, who have the financial backing and hosting expertise to do high-end data center rollouts, will have the advantage over traditional European companies, who are still mainly ISPs (Internet service providers) and public telephony operators, IDC said in the statement.

The market is being driven by the fact the majority of European companies, those that are still without Web pages, will want to set up a simple presence.

The companies that already have Web sites will be increasing those sites in size and complexity, as well as branching into e-commerce capabilities, IDC said.

Major media groups will also begin moving their delivery channels online for high-volume content, and also driving the market will be the relatively cheap broadband access for the end user, putting more pressure on Web sites, the company said in a statement.

IDC is owned by International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

IDC, in Framingham, can be reached at +1-508-872-8200 or at http://www.idc.com/.

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