In five years over 30 per cent of consumers in key European countries will access the Internet via non-PC devices - primarily mobile phones.
Internet penetration in the UK, Germany, France, Holland and Sweden is set to almost double by 2003 with nearly 60 million people online, according to a survey by Forrester Research.
"Europeans are using technology to improve the quality of their lives as never before," said the report.
The report warned, however, that interactive TV will remain a niche area unless manufacturers can start agreeing on standards.
Online banking in the UK at 5.6 per cent dramatically lags behind Germany at 32.5 per cent and Holland at 29.2 per cent. Surprisingly, UK consumers lead the pack in buying airline tickets online.
The report predicted that a north/south digital divide will grow in Europe as Portugal, southern Italy and Greece drag behind the rest of Europe. It blames their laissez faire attitude to techology on a lack of support from both government and industry.
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