The number of Western Europeans signing up for broadband web connections is rocketing, judged by new figures from market research group Strategy Analytics.

The report shows that 6.3 million consumers in the region switched to high-speed internet services in 2002, more than doubling the total to almost 12 million – almost one in every thirteen households.

Penetration is highest in Belgium, where one in five homes subscribe to broadband following fierce competition between telecoms suppliers. Elsewhere such services are far less common –present in under 5% of households in France and Italy.

Data sourced from: The Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff