Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

European Internet use may plateau soon


Thirty-eight percent of European homes had Internet connections in December, up from 36 percent in June 2001, reports Europemedia.

These figures come from a recent study released by the European Commission. The reasonably slow growth in home Internet use indicates that Internet penetration is levelling off in the region.
This is partly because access to a computer is a prerequisite of Internet access. At the moment, the highest PC penetration in any part of Europe is 60 percent, and growth past that figure will be limited.

Although household Internet use is limited, almost 90 percent of companies with more than 10 employees have Internet access. Sixty percent have a website.

Over 80 percent of all European Internet users use the net at least once a week, and 36 percent have bought online, up from 31 percent in October 2001.