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36 percent of Dutch people use mobile internet

More and more people in the Netherlands are accessing the web on a Smartphone. In 2010, more than one third, 36 percent of Dutch people used mobile internet.

That is a sharp increase from 2007 when only 20 percent used mobile Internet, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The increase is mainly due to the increasing use of mobile phones with an Internet connection.

In 2010, more than 20 percent of Internet users had access to the Internet via mobile phones versus 8 percent in 2007. This is mainly caused by the growing use of mobile phones, like smartphones with UMTS support. The use of smartphones has increased fourfold since 2007. The use of other mobile connections, e.g. GPRS, has barely changed in recent years.

Nearly half of young people aged between 12 and 15 use mobile devices to access the Internet. The proportion of mobile Internet users in the age category 25–44 is also above average. It is far less common for older Internet users to surf the Internet using mobile equipment. The gap between young and old is even wider when it comes to mobile phones with Internet connection.

Older online users make less use of mobile web access, with only 11 percent of 45 – to 65-year-olds.