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AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 309–326 | Cite as

The variety of information society development paths in central Europe

  • Hans van ZonEmail author
Open Forum

Abstract

Mainly on the basis of the eEurope+surveys the variety of Information Society developments paths in Central European countries is analysed, focusing on ICT infrastructure, Internet usage, e-commerce and digital divides. Despite the big progress made by the Central European countries since transition began, most of these countries lag behind the EU-15 average on most Information Society indicators. The variety within Central Europe is enormous, with Slovenia and Estonia close to main-stream Europe and, on the other hand, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary lagging far behind. In most surveyed countries fixed telephone line penetration is stagnating or declining on a rather low level, putting a break on IS development. This makes alternative access devices to Internet, such as cable TV modem, even more important.

Keywords

Central European countries Information and communications technologies infrastructure Internet usage E-commerce Digital divides 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Sunderland, Priestman BuildingSunderlandUK

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