Tuesday, 18th December 2012
Europe: Internet use in households and by individuals in 2012
The percentage of individuals in the EU who used the internet in 2012 was 73 %. About one third of individuals used the internet on mobile devices away from home or work. There were significant differences in mobile internet usage between countries. The shares for individuals who used portable computers or handheld devices through a mobile phone network or wireless connection away from home or work were above 50 % in six Member States: Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. The shares were below 20 % in five Member States: Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania.
The proportion of households in the EU with access to the internet was 76 % in 2012, an increase of 6 percentage points compared with 2010. Broadband access enables higher speed when browsing and performing activities. It has now reached a level close to saturation among households with internet access. In the EU27, 72 % of households have access to broadband at home, an increase of 11 percentage points compared with 2010.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
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