German Internet user number stagnates

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 26-06-2012

The Internet community in Germany is showing almost no growth, with 75.6% of Germans online, an increase of only 0.9% compared with last year, according to the new study (N)Onliner Atlas 2012.

The growth comes mainly from people over 50 years of age, in particular women. Interest remains lowest among senior citizens: Only 28.2% of people over 70 years of age use the Internet in Germany.

Fast Internet access continues to gain popularity with the share of broadband users rising by 4.6% to 57.1%. The most important type of access remains ADSL with 42.2%, but cable and mobile networks have also recorded strong growth.

8.5% of Germans mainly surf the net at home through a cable operator, with 5.1% using a mobile network. Last year, the figures were 5.9% and 2.9% respectively. The number of cable Internet users has therefore increased by 44%, and mobile network users by 76%.

For the 12th edition of the (N)Onliner Atlas, market research institute TNS Infratest conducted more than 30,000 interviews on behalf of the D21 initiative. The full results can be found at