Internet access in Spain is most costly in Europe

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17 May 2007 , MADRID - Broadband access to the Internet in Spain is among the most expensive in the European Union, according to a study.

17 May 2007

MADRID - Broadband access to the Internet in Spain is among the most expensive in the European Union, according to a study.

The Spanish consumer organization OCU examined the cost of broadband access in eight European countries, Britain, France the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

In all these countries, according to the OCU, it is possible to get Internet packages more economically and with higher speeds than in Spain.

For a heavy-user profile - 150 hours' connection and 30 gigabytes of downloading a month - France has the best offer, while for the average user - 30 hours of connection and 15 gigabytes per month - the cheapest deal is in Holland.

Current rates in March 2007, the speed of connection for uploading and downloading files, the volume of data downloaded per user, the average number of hours that users are connected to the Internet during a month, as well as user profiles, have been the data used to create indices showing how expensive an Internet provider is.

Furthermore, an analysis of a combined flat rate for telephone and Internet services further emphasizes that Spain is an "expensive" country, since the cheapest option is more costly than in any of the other countries - the most economical Spanish offer is 39.03 euros ($52.70), compared with 25.45 euros ($34.35) for the best Portuguese deal.

The OCU believes that one of the main problems users have in accessing the Internet is the "high price" of the connections here compared with in other countries, especially taking into account the fact that Spaniards on the whole have less purchasing power.

The organization also says that in Spain there is "unequal access" depending on where a user lives, since the offers of the various providers are different.

The OCU asks the government and regulators to work at providing the entire Spanish population with access to the Internet and that the Telefonica company lower its broadband fees. EFE

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Subject: Spanish news

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