Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here's an article in Spanish that pertains to the presence of Spanish on the internet. According to the article, the Senate in Spain unanimously approved today a motion to increase competition among ISPs by reducing tarrifs for fixed and mobile broadband. Senator José María Chiquillo who presented the motion said that internet congestion is no excuse in a country where internet access is the most expensive in Europe and the quality of service is worse. The article also has an online poll, where 98.68% of the 151 total voters say that ADSL rates are not affordable.
The stats for internet access for EU countries can be seen here, and in a graph they look like this:
So Spain is a slight underperformer at 62.6% vs. the EU average of 67.6%, and just getting to the EU average would add an extra 3.6 million users. Having not paid much attention to these stats I must admit that Italy is a bit of a surprise at just 51.7%, as most of the other major economies and long-time EU members have already reached a point near full saturation.