AS MANY as 70 percent of households across the European Union had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2010, up from only 49 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In Slovakia, 67 percent of households were connected by the first quarter of 2010 and the country posted one of the EU’s most dramatic increases in household internet connections between 2006 and 2010, according to data published by Eurostat, the union’s statistics office, in mid December, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
The number of Slovak households with access to the internet more than doubled after 2006, when only 27 percent were online.
Internet penetration increased the fastest in Romania, were domestic access tripled, from 14 percent of households in 2006 to 42 percent in 2010. In Bulgaria access spread from 17 to 33 percent of homes, and in the Czech Republic from 29 to 61 percent. Slovaks, along with Bulgarians, Lithuanians and Latvians, were among those who most frequently used the internet to make voice and video calls.
The Netherlands reported the highest proportion of households with internet access, 91 percent, followed by Luxembourg and Sweden, with 90 percent and 88 percent, respectively. The lowest share of households connected was in Bulgaria (33 percent), followed by Romania (42 percent) and Greece (46 percent).
During the first quarter of 2010, as many as 61 percent of EU households had broadband internet connections, meaning the proportion doubled compared with the first quarter of 2009, when only 30 percent had broadband connections. Sweden led the field in broadband connections, with 83 percent, while Romania brought up the rear with only 23 percent. In Slovakia, 49 percent of households had broadband connections.
7. Mar 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff