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Nearly Half of Western Europeans Will Use Mobile Web This Year

Norway, Denmark and Sweden lead the way

Western Europe is set to pass the halfway mark in mobile phone internet penetration among the total population, eMarketer estimates.

In Norway, the leading country in the region, 63.5% of the population will use a mobile phone to access the internet at least once per month in 2014. With Denmark and Sweden a few points behind, and Italy lagging other countries with an expected 42.7% of the population using the mobile internet via phone, Western Europe will average 48.2% mobile phone internet penetration this year.

Western Europe’s mobile phone internet user base is expected to undergo steady growth, primarily driven by smartphone adoption. Between 2013 and 2017, the penetration rate of mobile phone internet users among mobile phone users will rise from 49.0% to 77.8%.

eMarketer bases all of our forecasts on a multipronged approach that focuses on both worldwide and local trends in the economy, technology and population along with company-, product-, country- and demographic-specific trends as well as trends in specific consumer behaviors. We analyze quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of research firms, government agencies, media outlets and company reports, weighting each piece of information based on methodology and soundness.

In addition, every element of each eMarketer forecast fits within the larger matrix of all our forecasts, with the same assumptions and general framework used to project figures in a wide variety of areas. Regular re-evaluation of each forecast means those assumptions and framework are constantly updated to reflect new market developments and other trends.

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