Number of Households With Internet Tops 80% ({{commentsTotal}})

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Statistics Estonia's latest snapshot of the nation's Internet habits was released today, with the number of  net-connected households growing to a little over 80 percent.

The result, which was based on surveys taken in the first quarter of 2013, marks a significant rise since last year's 75 percent, and is generally in line with growth level seen over the last five years.

In almost all cases, the connections to homes were broadband, using either DSL, cable TV or 3G mobile, according to Statistics Estonia's statement.

Of the nearly 20 percent of homes that don't have Internet, the main reasons cited were a lack of relevant skills, the high cost of equipment and access, and a lack of need.

The survey also found that 80 percent of people aged 16 to 74 have used the Internet. The figure was understandably highest among the younger and middle generations, staying well above 80 percent for those under 55. For the 55 to 64 age group it was 63 percent, while for the 65 to 74 age group it was 31 percent. Internet use by both of these groups, however, has gained four percentage points since last year.

Figures from last year put Estonia's household Internet connectivity right around the EU-27 average. Overall household connectivity in the country was one point lower that the EU's 76 percent average, but Estonia's 74-percent broadband penetration topped the EU's 72 percent.