Home internet access behind EU average

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4 December 2007, MADRID - Spain continues to lag behind the rest of the European Union in terms of the number of homes with internet access, although it is slowly closing the gap, according to figures made public Monday by EU statistics agency Eurostat.

4 December 2007

MADRID - Spain continues to lag behind the rest of the European Union in terms of the number of homes with internet access, although it is slowly closing the gap, according to figures made public Monday by EU statistics agency Eurostat.

As of the first quarter of this year, 45 percent of Spanish households had access to the internet, compared to 39 percent in the same period of 2006.
Almost four out of 10 homes used broadband services to access the internet, compared to just under three in 10 a year earlier.

In the EU as a whole, 54 percent of homes had internet access in the first quarter - up from 49 percent a year earlier - and 42 percent used broadband services - up from 30 percent. Internet access rates varied widely, however, from 83 percent in the Netherlands to 22 percent in Romania and Bulgaria.

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