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No. 3 Broadband access and experience of online usage

Broadband access

Base: All respondents, weighted column percentages
Question: A12
Sources: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

According to the survey results, having a long online tenure (more than 2 years since first use of the Internet) plays a mayor role in the share of broadband users among the online population. Focussing on the percentage of broadband users who have a higher tenure than two years, it is possible to distinguish again at least three different clusters of countries. Firstly, there is a cluster of leading and more mature Internet countries where there is a higher proportion of users connecting at home via broadband. This group includes the US, Sweden, Denmark, and following closely are the Netherlands and Belgium. Secondly, it is possible to distinguish a group of intermediate countries including Austria, Switzerland, the UK, Germany, Estonia (as the leader among the candidate countries), EU-15, and following closely France, and Spain. Finally there is a third cluster of laggard countries with lower broadband penetration and tenure levels including Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, Greece and following behind the rest of the candidate countries, where in some (Czech Republic and Slovakia) broadband access is not established at all. The exception in this chart is Finland, which is separated from the rest of countries in the chart, since it registers a large proportion of users with 2 years + tenure (similar figure to the US) but still has a very low penetration level of broadband users compared to the other Nordic countries.

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