45 mln European households to have broadband by 2008

Revenues from broadband Internet access in Europe are expected to grow to 22.7 billion euros ($26.94 billion) in 2008 from 3.3 billion euros this year as its use widens to 30 percent of households from eight percent, a report said on Thursday. Some 45 million European households would have a broadband connection by 2008, according to the report, prepared by a group of 20 leading communications companies and presented at a European Union ministerial meeting in Ireland, current holder of the EU presidency.