Overall spending for Internet access in Europe is expected to climb from $2.5 billion this year to $11.8 billion in 2001, according to the Amsterdam office of Forrester Research. The study concludes business access, rather than consumer, will be the main force driving Internet access. Forrester predicts that large and medium-size companies, which will be driven online to fend off global competition, will generate 77% of business access expenditures in 2001.
European consumer access, it said, will continue to grow at a slower rate, reaching $4.6 billion in 2001. Things standing in the way of consumer access include the lack of PCs, high local phone rates and limited choice of providers.
Copyright July 1998, Crain Communications Inc.