Analyse and synthesis of the existing data

International data

1.2.1. Place of the 9 Mediappro partner countries in EU25

A/ Digital access

According to the Global Digital Access index 2002 set up by the International Telecommunication Union and aiming at classifying countries into four digital access categories (high, upper, medium and low), the digital access of the 9 Mediappro partner countries is considered as higher or upper on a worldwide scale.

Within the EU25, they present a real diversity and an equilibrated repartition.

Considering this criterium, the Mediappro consortium should offer a good image of the global situation in Europe.


* scale from 0 to 1, 1 is the highest score

Source :

This index combines eight variables, covering five areas: availability of infrastructure, affordability of access, educational level, quality of ICT services, and Internet use.

It can be noticed that several of the 9 partner countries came in the top ten, in 2002, with one variable or more :

  • Denmark in 4th place for Internet tariff as percentage of per capita income
  • Denmark in 1st place and Belgium in 5th place for international Internet bandwidth (bits) per inhabitant
  • Belgium in 5th place for broadband Internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants
  • Italy in 4th place for mobile cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants
  • Belgium, Denmark and United Kingdom respectively in 2nd, 3rd, 9th places for UNDP Education index.

B/ Internet use

Eurostat survey

A recent Eurostat survey (May 2005) provided new figures about Internet use by individuals (16-74 years old) and enterprises in the 25 EU Member States (reference period: first quarter of 2004).

See :

The main findings are :

  • About half of the population (47%) of individuals, aged 16 to 74 used the internet.
  • More men (51%) than woman (43%) and more young people than old used the Internet.
  • 89% of businesses used the Internet and over half of those (53%) had a broadband connection.
  • The highest levels of usage by individuals were recorded in Sweden (82%), Denmark (76%) and Finland (70%) and the lowest in Greece (20%), Hungary (28%), Lithuania, Poland and Portugal (all 29%).
  • The highest levels of usage by businesses are found in Denmark and Finland (both 97%), and in Belgium and Sweden (both 96%). The lowest levels were registered in Portugal (77%), Hungary (78%), Lithuania (81%), and Cyprus (82%).
  • The highest levels of broadband connection for businesses were recorded in Denmark (80%), Sweden (75%) and Spain (72%).

Internet European users (2004)


Source :

According to this survey, there is a gender gap in Internet use overall, but this narrows in the 16-24 age group.

'Whilst the average level of Internet usage in EU25 was 47%, there was a difference in usage of around 7 percentage points between males and females in total and throughout all education levels. The gap between the sexes is much less marked at only 2 percentage points for the age group 16-24 years, although this widens in the higher age categories.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland show the least difference between males and females in Internet use as a whole. '

Proportion using the Internet (2004)


Source :

Broadband connection (2004)


Source :

Strategy Analytics report 'Broadband in Europe'

According to research from Strategy Analytics, Europe had 33.5 million broadband subscribers by the end of 2004, representing 20% of all homes. Broadband penetration in the UK, Germany and Italy reached only 13 to 15 per cent of homes at the end of 2003, only half the level of leading countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. This report also predicts that broadband will increasingly be used to offer the so-called 'Triple Play' of Internet, telephony and video.

By 2008, Strategy Analytics expects 41 per cent of European homes to subscribe to broadband, in line with its previous forecasts. Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium, where there are strong competitors to the incumbent telco network operator, will be the leading countries, with penetration rates of between 55 and 60 percent.


Strategy Analytics,


Web development : Média Animation | W3C validated