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Internet growth in Eastern Europe

up to 21% penetration in 2005

     
10:33 am on Nov 29, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Internet household penetration in central and eastern Europe (CEE) will grow quickly over the next five years, from just over 5% now to 21% in 2005, according to a new Yankee Group Report [yankeegroup.com]
Not surprisingly as forerunners for this growth Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia are expected - first candidates for EU membership.
E-commerce is still lagging far behind western European countries, due to lower prvate incomes, lack of accepted payment mechanisms and general scepticism towards online shopping.
OTOH Eastern Europeans generally are very computer literate, and E-Mail as well as high office PC penetration serve as driving forces for acceptance of the internet.
Also many Countries have or will deregulate telecommunication infrastructure - thus opening the market to more competition and development.
9:00 am on Nov 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I don't like being bunched in with the rest of the pack, so to speak. Over 20% of the Czech population are online now. However, in Romania, a poor country in comparison, much less are online. How can they make those statistics?
10:57 am on Nov 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The purpose of such stats is really to incite interest of western european and US based internet biz in countries that are not as present on the web-map as they should be.
That is especially true for the Czech Republic. The report however stresses exactly this point - different situations in all mentioned countries.
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In Hunagry more than 10% online. But the number is really wierd. Because the educational access + the company access + home usres are more than 1.000.000 users IMHO.

The e-commerce situation is so-so. The usrers not really trust online payment...

Horasz