Feeds

Europe not sold on Internet at home

Not enough PCs

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Europe's love affair with the Internet may never become as intense as that between US citizens and cyberspace, according to the latest eEurope benchmarking report of the European Commission.

Although there has been a dramatic rise in household Internet use in the EU, rising from 18% of households in March 2000 to 39% last December, the EC thinks this rise increase could be flattening.

This is a respectable rate of growth, yet it still lags behind the US, the EU finds, suspecting that a key constraint on home internet access may be the low rate of home PC ownership in Europe compared to the US. In those EU nations where home PC ownership is commonplace, home internet use has grown to 60%, more in line with the US.

However, this may be as good as it gets. In Europe internet access at companies with more than 10 staff is now approaching 90%, so that many citizens probably access the internet at work, and feel no need to do so from home, where the cost of internet connection is still generally higher than in America.

There are other complicating factors that the EU notes could be contributing to a skewed view of the internet in Europe. The continent's love affair with the mobile phone, now increasingly a platform for internet use, is one, and the emergence of interactive, potentially a powerful medium for internet access of the future, is another. It may yet be that Europe is not so much internet averse, as unimpressed with the PC as the main vehicle for accessing it.

© ComputerWire.com

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.