(Corrected) In Spain, forty-nine percent of households have no Internet. The prices charged for services are the main reason given by those who would like to have Net, but choose not to install it.
The data are from the tenth edition of the study on the Information Society in Spain, presented by Fundación Telefónica, which are available online.
Most Spaniards who still do not have Internet at home, but would like to have it, point out economic reasons, such as the price to pay for services (20.3%) and the necessary equipment (19.7%).
Nevertheless, 55 percent of respondents “disconnected” say they did not choose the Internet at home because they do not feel the need / do not consider it useful and 26 percent say they do not know how to use it.
Another reason given for not subscribing to the service is potentially dangerous content (20.3%) and, in 13.7 percent of cases, users say they do not need to have Internet at home because they access the Web elsewhere.
Although the number of installations in homes still does not exceed 51 percent – which is considered a low figure – there is a continuous growth in the use of the Internet, especially in mobile broadband connections. The figures now released show that there are 17.9 million Internet users in Spain, 12 million of whom access it daily.
In Portugal, the number of users with fixed Internet at home was 1.84 million at the date of Anacom’s last report, in November. Of these, 1.81 million accesses are fixed broadband.
With regard to mobile broadband, the number of customers amounts to 3.4 million.
Editor’s Note: The news was corrected in an information that was incorrect about the number of Internet users in Spain. More information on this data and a graph has also been added.