Broadband’s so costly in Spain
Spain’s cheapest monthly offer for an ADSL connection, with a speed of between 12-30MBps (megabytes per second), works out at 2.7% of a person’s gross income, which is far in excess of the 1.18% EU average, says the report.
The lowest prices for EU connections are in Sweden, Germany, Finland and Austria, in that order.
An annual study, known as the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), measures advances in digital technology throughout the EU membership and examines five areas: connectivity, human capital, internet use, integration of technology, and online public services.
Taking all five into account, Spain is 14th out of the 28, up from 15th last year, joining nine other countries which fall somewhere around the middle: Austria, Germany, Malta, Lithuania, Portugal, France, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Latvia.
However, despite being so costly, Spain scores points for being among the EU’s most “online” countries.
Its use of modern technology by companies, and the provision of public services by internet, is above the European average. And the country has improved in all areas since last year.
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