In the EU27, enterprises1 use the internet for a variety of purposes, among others, to present information on a website, offer online shopping facilities to customers and interact with public authorities2. In the EU27, 95% of enterprises had access to the internet in January 2011. The share of enterprises having a fixed broadband connection3 to access the internet grew slightly from 84% in 2010 to 87% in 2011. On the other hand, the use of mobile broadband connections3 by enterprises in the EU27 increased significantly in the same period, from 27% to 47%.
In 2010, the majority of enterprises in the EU27 used the internet to interact with public authorities (e-government), with 74% of enterprises obtaining information from public authorities’ websites and 69% submitting completed forms electronically4.
These data come from a report5 published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and form part of the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2011 on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) usage and e-commerce in enterprises in the EU27 Member States, Norway and Croatia, with a special focus on internet use to interact with public authorities.
Largest shares of enterprises with mobile broadband connection to the internet in Finland, Sweden and Austria
The level of internet access and fixed broadband internet connections among enterprises in January 2011 was high in nearly all EU27 Member States. The share of enterprises having mobile broadband connections to the internet grew in all Member States from 2010 to 2011, with the largest increases registered in Estonia (from 9% in 2010 to 48% in 2011), Germany (from 22% to 57%), Greece (from 6% to 38%) and France (from 28% to 60%). The highest shares of enterprises with mobile broadband access in 2011 were found in Finland (77%), Sweden (67%) and Austria (65%), and the lowest in Romania (15%), Latvia (23%) and Poland (24%). Here to read more.