In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion rates soar across coun­try

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Pen­e­tra­tion of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to in­crease in Greece, as Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT) fig­ures yes­ter­day showed a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the num­ber of Greek house­holds with a Web con­nec­tion and in the por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that sys­tem­at­i­cally use com­put­ers and the In­ter­net.

The ELSTAT data showed that 66 per­cent of Greek house­holds had In­ter­net ac­cess in the first quar­ter of this year, which is 10 per­cent­age points more than a year ear­lier. Out of those house­holds 98.6 per­cent have ac­cess to broad­band In­ter­net.

The big­gest in­crease in In­ter­net ac­cess was seen in house­holds on the Aegean is­lands and Crete, where pen­e­tra­tion soared by almost 20 per­cent­age points, from 47.6 per­cent last year to 66.3 per­cent this year. The small­est growth, by just over two per­cent­age points, was in At­tica, from 68.9 per­cent to 71.1 per­cent.

The data also showed that 63 per­cent of peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 74 years have made use of com­put­ers and the In­ter­net this year, with the big­gest growth seen in the 65-74 years group, while 58.4 per­cent of Greek cit­i­zens have used mo­bile In­ter­net this year, up from 44.7 per­cent last year.

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