Download speed of fixed internet connection in enterprises


Survey ICT-usage and e-commerce in enterprises, Statbel and Eurostat


The download speed is the speed with which a PC or smartphone can retrieve data from a computer network. This speed is expressed in megabit per second (Mbit/s). The categories stated in the Eurostat questionnaire are: less than 2 Mbit/s, at least 2 but less than 10 Mbit/s, at least 10 but less than 30 Mbit/s, at least 30 but less than 100 Mbit/s, and at least 100 Mbit/s.

There may be a difference between the contractually agreed maximal download speed of the fastest fixed internet connection and the actual download speed. This actual download speed depends on the connection speed of the internet provider, on the computer and the server from which the data are downloaded and on the network traffic. These statistics refer to the contractually agreed maximum download speed.

Remarks on quality

The data originate from the ICT-survey that the statistical institutes organize annually in the EU. Statbel organizes the survey in enterprises with two or more employees of a wide group of private, non-financial sectors. The sample size is about 7500 enterprises.

The survey is carried out via SAPQ (self-administered paper questionnaire) and SAWQ (self-administered web questionnaire).

The sample is stratified according to region, company size and activity. The sample is equally distributed over the three regions. The largest enterprises with at least 250 employees are all selected.

In the event of unit non-response, an adjustment takes place by weighting with the original sample strata as weight classes. In the event of item non-response, the respondents are contacted to answer missing questions.


Statbel: ICT usage and e-commerce in enterprises 2016-2018

Eurostat: Internet connection


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