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Broadband and Mobile Internet Boom in Europe

The number of Europeans with high-speed broadband connections rose sharply last year. More than 50,000 European homes and offices acquired a high-speed connection every day in 2007.

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More and more Europeans are catching the wave

In addition to the increase in broadband usage, ever more people are also using the Internet when they're out and about, according to the European Commission. The adoption of mobile 3G services doubled in 2007, to 88 million users, approximately one-fifth of the European Union's population.

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Even the very young are getting into the act

The Commission attributed the increase in broadband access, in part, to the increase in competition in the telecommunications market, which has cut prices to new lows.

Picture varies considerably across the EU

Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands now top a world league table for the percentage of people with broadband Internet. But with a total broadband penetration rate of 20 percent, the 27-member EU, as a whole, lags behind other major industrialized regions.

EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media Viviane Reding said she wants to increase that figure to 30 percent by 2010 and promised reforms to further liberalize the market.

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