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No. 5 Internet usage by location

From where have you accessed the Internet in the last four weeks?

Base: All respondents, weighted column percentages
Question: A9
Sources: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

Different Internet access locations can lead to different online activities. Hence, for the development and implementation of the Information Society in Europe it is important to track from which locations users are accessing the Internet. Generally, countries with a high penetration of at-home and at-work Internet users are those countries with a more experienced Internet population, both at work and at home. These countries register lower penetration rates of Internet access from 'other locations' than at-home/ at-work (whether paid or free Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs), access from a friend's house, a mobile phone, a school or any other location) and of occasional usage. In less mature Internet countries only at-home usage is more common, and since many users do not have at-home connections, there is also a higher proportion of people accessing the Internet from 'other locations'. Likewise occasional Internet usage is more common. In fact, in most European countries citizens are still not accessing the Internet frequently from more than one location.

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