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Irish broadband access below EU average
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18/12/2013 17:23:01

A new study from Eurostat, the EU statistics office reveals that 82% of Irish households have internet access. This is above the EU average of 79%, however with 67% of Irish households with access to a broadband connection, we are below the EU average of 76%.

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    62% of Irish people use the internet every day or almost every day, just above the EU average of 62%. 83% of people in the Netherlands use the internet every day, compared to 32% in Romania.

    The study also found that 41% of Irish people use the internet to interact with government authorities, above the EU average of 45%.

    Internet access and use is widespread amongst the EU population. In the EU28, 79% of households had access to the internet in 2013 and 76% had a broadband internet connection, compared with 55% and 42% respectively in 2007. For most individuals in the EU28, using the internet has become a regular activity, with 62% of individuals using it every day or almost every day and a further 10% at least once a week. On the other hand, 21% of individuals reported in 2013 that they have never used the internet, compared with 37% in 2007.

    With regard to the use of e-government, 41% of individuals in the EU28 used the internet to interact with public authorities or services in 2013. Reasons for this interaction reported by EU28 e-government users were income tax declarations (44% of internet users who interacted with public authorities), requests for personal documents (20%), claiming social security benefits (16%) and enrolment in higher education or university (9%).

    The full Eurostat press release is available here.

    Last update: 20/12/2013  |Top