Digital divide closing as 600,000 log-on
30 November 2005, BRUSSELS — The digital divide was reduced by 7 percent in Belgium last year as 600,000 new people logged onto the internet.
30 November 2005
BRUSSELS — The digital divide was reduced by 7 percent in Belgium last year as 600,000 new people logged onto the internet.
Ghent-based research bureau InSites Consulting said on Wednesday the increase was primarily due to men aged 55 or more discovering the internet.
Also, the number of people aged 65 or older who regularly use the internet doubled last year, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported.
The research bureau's 14th 'Belgian Internet Mapping' report also revealed that the number of high-speed internet connections is increasing at the expense of the classical dial-up connections.
Broadband connections in Belgian families grew by 23 percent last year, figures from the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) revealed.
The InSites study also revealed that Belgian web surfers use three email addresses. In most cases, one of the email addresses is a free address.
The research bureau said the number of web surfers that shop online has scarcely grown in the past year. However, the number of sales entered into by the 2.3 million online shoppers did increase.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news