Belgium's Internet boom is slowing down

28th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 February 2005, BRUSSELS - Internet connections in Belgium climbed last year to the 2 million mark, it was reported on Monday.

28 February 2005

BRUSSELS - Internet connections in Belgium climbed last year to the 2 million mark, it was reported on Monday.

The lnternet Service Providers Association (ISPA) announced that 2004 saw 2.03 million connections - a 7.4 percent increase on the previous year.

However, the ISPA warned that the internet boom was slowing, despite the arrival of new broadband, faster internet.

It said the 7.4 increase was mainly due to broad band.

Three out of four households, for instance, chose a broad band internet connection.

Home connections to the internet rose by 1.8 percent in the last three months of 2004, 5.5 percent throughout the whole year, reaching a total of 1.65 million.

Some 92 percent of companies chose broad band.

The number of connections rose by 17 percent throughout 2004 to reach 381,000 connections.

ISPA said the number of people connecting to the internet in Belgium could continue to grow " if the industry manages to improve consumers' trust and contribute to making the internet safer".

It said the authorities also had a role to play in helping more families get access to computers.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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