New figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European communities, have shown that broadband use is rising in businesses across Europe.
The survey of 25 European Union member states, plus Iceland and Norway, revealed that 94% of businesses with 10 or more staff had internet access at the start of this year, up from 91% at the beginning of 2005.
But broadband use had increased more sharply, with 75% of businesses using a broadband connection in 2006, compared with just 63% last year.
The figures showed the UK lagging behind in internet connections, with 92% of firms connected. But broadband use was slightly wider, covering 77% of companies.
Finland had the highest proportion of businesses using the internet at 99%, closely followed by Denmark and Austria on 98%. Only Latvia (80%), Cyprus (86%), Lithuania (88%) and Poland (89%) had fewer than 90% of businesses connected to the internet.
Finland also topped the broadband league, alongside Sweden. Both countries had 89% of businesses using broadband. But figures were far lower in other parts of Europe, with just 46% of Poland’s businesses covered, while figures for Cyprus (55%), Lithuania (57%) and Latvia (59%) were also low.
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