News :: Household communications in the EU : Mobile penetration catches up with fixed lines, and broadband connections double
(24/09/2004) The percentage of European households with at least one mobile telephone reached 81% in 2004. This puts mobile telephony on a par with households having at least one fixed telephone line.
Fixed telephony has fallen by 3 percentage points since 2003 and now stands at 82%. Household access to broadband has more than doubled from an average of 5% in 2003 to 12% in 2004. These conclusions emerge from a large European household survey, a summary of which is published today in the "Telecoms Services Indicators 2004" report. It sheds new light on households' access to and use of electronic communications services.
The survey was carried out for the European Commission as part of its ongoing monitoring work of the impact of regulatory policy on market developments in electronic communications. It examined and assessed developments in households’ access and use of public telephone services covered by the universal service obligations, as well as newer services such as mobile and broadband communications and digital television.
Main results of the report :
The survey was based on a sample of 44,219 respondents in 127 regions, being representative of the total population of the 15 pre-accession EU Member States by demographics and regions. The interviews were carried out between the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004. The report compares key indicators with the previous survey conducted one year earlier and published in the autumn of 2003. It also studies the relationship between the usage of electronic services and geographic and socio-demographic factors, and explores the household consumption patterns.