Study says 96% of Finns have broadband Internet

14 Feb 2007

A study published by Finland's communications ministry claims 96% of Finns have access to broadband Internet and 50% 3G mobile telephony, an AFP report said.

The AFP report, further quoting the study, said 4 out 5 municipalities now offer high-speed Internet connections, compared to two out of three two years ago.

The difference between the number of municipalities with broadband and the number of people using it is explained by the heavy concentration of people living in urban areas, the AFP report said.

Finland, which is home to the world's biggest mobile phone maker Nokia, has one of the world's highest levels of new technology penetration, it added.

According to official statistics and professional organizations, more than 75% of Finns regularly or occasionally use Internet.
For those under the age of 40, the figure is 100%.

Meanwhile, the rate of mobile telephony use exceeds 100 %, which means that there is more than one mobile phone per person in the country of 5.2 million inhabitants, the AFP report further said.

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