Europe Poised for High-Speed Surge

European broadband subscriptions will outpace the U.S. by 2007, according to findings from Jupiter Research (a unit of this site’s corporate parent), that reveal a high-speed surge. By 2008, Jupiter predicts that 48 percent of all European households will have broadband, compared to 46 percent in the U.S.

While 81 percent of European online households accessed the Internet via a narrowband connection at the end of 2002, 26 percent have indicated that they are likely to upgrade to broadband by year-end 2003.

Some online activities universally appeal to broadband users, as Yankee Group reveals similarities between their analysis of high-speed subscribers in Europe and U.S. research from Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Yankee Group found that rich media use is significantly higher among broadband subscribers – with the majority of usage going to unlicensed file downloading and audio streaming – and high-speed connectors spend much more time online than those dialing up.

Jupiter’s research reveals that the countries with the largest economies will have the highest broadband subscriptions: 12.2 million will be in Germany; 6.6 million in France; and 8 million in the U.K. By 2004, there will be 2.3 million broadband households in Spain and they will outnumber the 1.9 million with narrowband.

The high speed will clearly benefit the European Internet users, which constitutes roughly 29 percent of the population, according to figures from the CIA’s World Factbook. Leading the penetration rate is little Iceland, where 79 percent of the population is online, followed by Web-savvy Sweden at 68 percent.

The U.K. has the highest number of Internet users at 34.3 million, representing 57 percent of the country, while Germany boasts 32.1 million users, which translates to 39 percent of the country.

Other areas of significant penetration include: Denmark (63 percent), the Netherlands (61 percent), Norway (59 percent), Switzerland (53 percent), and Finland (52 percent).


Europe Internet Usage
Population Internet Users Penetration ISPs
Albania 3,544,841 12,000 > 1% 10
Andorra 68,403 24,500 36% 1
Armenia 3,330,099 30,000 1% 9
Austria 8,169,929 3,700,000 45% 37
Belarus 10,335,382 422,000 4% 23
Belgium 10,274,595 3,760,500 37% 61
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3,964,388 45,000 1% 3
Bulgaria 7,621,337 585,000 8% 200
Croatia 4,390,751 480,000 11% 9
Cyprus 767,314 150,000 20% 6
Czech Republic 10,256,760 2,690,000 26% 300
Denmark 5,368,854 3,370,500 63% 13
Estonia 1,415,681 429,700 30% 38
Faroe Islands 46,011 3,000 7% 2
Finland 5,183,545 2,690,000 52% 3
Georgia 4,960,951 25,000 1% 6
Germany 83,251,851 32,100,000 39% 200
Gibraltar 27,714 NA NA 2
Greece 10,645,343 1,400,000 13% 27
Guernsey 64,587 NA NA NA
Hungary 10,075,034 1,200,000 12% 16
Iceland 279,384 220,000 79% 20
Ireland 3,883,159 1,310,000 34% 22
Isle of Man 73,873 NA NA NA
Italy 57,715,625 19,250,000 33% 93
Jersey 89,775 NA NA NA
Latvia 2,366,515 312,000 13% 41
Liechtenstein 32,842 NA NA NA
Lithuania 3,601,138 341,000 9% 32
Luxembourg 448,569 100,000 22% 8
Macedonia 2,054,800 100,000 5% 6
Malta 397,499 59,000 15% 6
Moldova 4,434,547 15,000 > 1% 2
Monaco 31,987 NA NA 2
Netherlands 16,067,754 9,730,000 61% 52
Norway 4,525,116 2,680,000 59% 13
Poland 38,625,478 6,400,000 17% 19
Portugal 10,084,245 4,400,000 44% 16
Romania 22,317,730 1,000,000 4% 38
San Marino 27,730 NA NA 2
Slovakia 5,422,366 700,000 13% 6
Slovenia 1,932,917 600,000 31% 11
Spain 40,077,100 7,890,000 20% 56
Svalbard 2,868 NA NA NA
Sweden 8,876,744 6,020,000 68% 29
Switzerland 7,301,994 3,850,000 53% 44
Ukraine 48,396,470 750,000 2% 260
United Kingdom 59,778,002 34,300,00 57% <400
TOTAL 522,609,597 153,143,200 29% 1744
Source: CIA’s World Factbook

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