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I'm researching data for a large website project, and before we just go ahead and build a lot of language specific websites that needs a backbone connection to load (that's what the designers would love), we need to know a bit of the penetration here. Basically I need valid stats/numbers on:
Percentage of households that has either 56K, ISDN, ADSL or higher in these countries:
DK, SE, NO, NL, BE, CH, DE, RU, UKR
Furthermore I need to get a fix on the connection situation on the European education institutions. What is the deal here? Has every school, university etc. high speed broadband connections?
The project targets young people (13-25), so therefore the education-numbers are quite crusial to me.
I have an idea, but the numbers are quite old.
So search experts and stat freaks, what can you dig up out there?
The best 'researcher' will earn her/himself a few cold ones at Pubcon - THANKS! :)
The UK actually offered the slowest actual broadband performance in all of Western Europe on the last study I read about 8 months ago.
Broadband is on the rise however, and will reach critical mass eventually. For broadband, critical mass is when everyone knows someone they envy for having it, and get it themselves to "Keep up with the Jones's". :)
The last study I read put the UK at 28% for broadband access, meaning just 28% of the online population of the UK have broadband. That could still mean as many as 10 million people of course.
Penetration of broadband connections in Western Europe by service type at September 2001 [research.analysys.com]
As you can tell from the title it's rather old info, but maybe it helps.
For example, 76% of young people in the Netherlands use the Internet once a week or more often, but only 20% of young people in Greece do so. Internet use by young people is high across Northern Europe, but the proportions going online regularly are lower the further south you go
from Markets by country ETC newmedia [etcnewmedia.com]
Always remember statistics are quite tricky. Have a look at the "Altersverteilung der Internet-Nutzer" (age groups) on above page:
17.2% 50 years and older
21.6% 40 to 49 years
30.6% 30 to 39 years
24.7% 20 to 29 years
5.9% 19 years and younger
and compare it with New Media's "specific age groups who are Internet users":
71% of people under 20 are Internet users,
76% of people aged 20 to 29,
59% of people aged 30 to 39,
39% of people aged 40 to 59,
and 7% of people aged 60 or above are online.
So even though 71% of people under 20 are Internet users, these are only approx. 5.9 % of the total "Internet population" in Germany.
Again, be careful with these statistics!
Use a Game Boy in Greece, go to jail [msnbc.com]
very much so. A major factor in this is - besides average income figures - the degree to which the european societies have been encompassing the internet.
Some smaller countries have taken the lead here, mainly Netherlands and Scandinavia.
In Norway for example buying private PCs is supported by employers.
Schools: the priority given to equipping classrooms with PCs goes a long way to promoting the internet awareness among the younger generation.
Another main factor is the technical infrastructure.
The lagging behind of Spain, one of the large european countries can be explained for the most parts just by shortcomings in those two factors.