Cyprus lags Europe for Internet usage and connection speed

Cyprus lags Europe for Internet usage and connection speed

From time to time the European Union publishes some interesting data. A good example is the Eurobarometer no.293, E-Communications Household Survey published in mid-2008.

It’s a thorough piece of work, comparing telephone and internet access in the various countries in the EU. The section on Cyprus is particularly interesting.

The highlights are:

  • 55% of Cypriot households have a computer (57% EU wide, 64% in the UK)
  • 39% of Cypriot households have access to the internet (49% EU wide, 56% in the UK)
  • 23% of Cypriot households have broadband access to the internet (36% EU wide, 47% in the UK)
  • 14% of Cypriot households still use a narrowband (dial-up) internet connection (10% EU wide, 5% in the UK)

The report (based on data collected in late 2007) concludes, “Cypriot respondents are as likely as their fellow Europeans to have a personal computer but the internet penetration rate is lower than in the EU as a whole. As in the EU, the share of broadband connections outnumbers the share of narrowband connections but this difference is more pronounced at the EU level.

“Significantly more Cypriot households have internet access now than in winter 2006. It is also evident that most new subscribers have chosen a broadband connection.

This has interesting implications for website entrepreneurs and developers in Cyprus. Heavy, graphics-rich pages with loads of scripts running may look great, but if 14% of potential visitors are on a dial up connection, they’re going to need to be very patient.

References

Eurobarometer no.293, E-Communications Household Survey