Despite rising numbers of online homes, Czechs still behind EU average
Over the past five years, the Czech Republic has seen a massive spread of internet users. According to the latest official figures, the number of Czech homes connected to the worldwide web rose by 125 percent over that period. But compared to other countries in the European Union, the Czechs still lag behind.
“In 2006, some 1.2 million homes were connected to the internet while five years later, the number rose to 2.5 million households. This means that over the past five years, the number increased by 125 percent.”
Miloslav Sova is the founder of Internet for All, an association promoting the spread of the internet. He believes it will take years before the Czechs catch up.
“I think we cannot really level up with the leading countries over the next five or ten years. That will only happen with a change of generations. Elderly people in Sweden, Denmark and even Germany became familiar with the internet earlier than those in the Czech Republic. People of all ages can of course get connected at any time but in this country, elderly people don’t seem to be that interested in new technologies.”
“Over the last decade or so, whenever the authorities tried to do something or regulate something, the outcome was poor. Personally speaking, I would appreciate if the authorities stopped intervening in IT business and related issues.”