EC: Regular internet users are 58% of Poland's population in 2011, up 3pps y/y.

By bne IntelliNews June 19, 2012
In 2011, 58% of Poland's population used the internet regularly (eg. at least once a week), which is up by 3pps since 2010, and 10pps below the EU average of 68%, according to a report by the European Commission. With regards to disadvantaged people, the rate was 40%, 13pps below the EU average of 53%. EC notes that in Poland, 33% of citizens have never used the internet, a reduction of 2 since 2010. Take-up of eCommerce is low, with 30% of the population buying online, i.e. up by 1pp y/y. 12% of businesses purchased online, and 8.5% sold online. In January of 2012, the penetration rate of fixed broadband is 17.3% of the population, up by 1.3pps y/y, but still 10.3pps below the EU average of 27.7%. Despite the fact Poland is in the group of countries with the lowest penetration level in the EU, its penetration growth is slightly above the average EU penetration growth rate, the Commission also reported. Mobile broadband penetration is 41.4%, up by 0.4pps y/y and 1.7pps below the EU average penetration level.
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