The latest research from Nielsen//NetRatings, the leading provider of Internet research
and analysis, shows that in the past 12 months the number of people actively surfing the web from home each month in Europe has grown by 12% to 100 million.
According to the research, the use of high speed Internet connections has also
increased dramatically. In the twelve months to October 2004, the number of people in
Europe surfing the Internet at high speed from home increased from 34.1 million people
to 54.5 million people – an increase of 60%. The largest increases occurred in Italy
(120%), and in the UK (93%).
Gabrielle Prior, European Internet Analyst said: “Twelve months ago high speed Internet
users made up just over one third of the audience in Europe, now they are more than
50% - and we expect this number to keep growing. As the number of high-speed surfers
grows, websites will need to adapt, update and enhance their content to retain their
visitors and encourage new ones. In the future, websites will be ‘sped’ out of the market,
not ‘priced out’.