Press Release - Consumer passion for the Net undimmed by disasters

September 01, 2001, London. Consumer demand for internet remains sky high despite the string of high profile failures. In an independent study conducted for London-based, technology company Netvoyager more than 90% of 18-30 year old men who didn't have internet access to their home said they still wanted it.

Demand was also strong across a wide age range witb 80% of 35+ mothers wanting domestic internet access and 75% of the over 50s wanting to browse from the comfort of the own home.

Unsurprisingly, the survey found that penetration of internet usage was strongest amongst 18 to 30 year old men, with more than 44% having internet access these figures dropped sharply to 18% among women with children and then further to just 8% of over 50s having internet access.

For those without internet access, the two most frequently raised barriers to going online in all age groups were 'cost' and 'no PC'. Only in the 18-30s was the issue of having 'no time' to surf raised.

Those who did use the internet were asked to estimate how much time they spent on line per month at home and at work. The figures indicated that use was strongest among the 18 to 30s: an average of 11.7hrs at work, 37.7hrs at home. Among women 35+ with children use was 4.8 hours at work and 10.4 at home; among the over 50s average time spent was 6.9hrs at work and at home.

Those that were surfing had differing interests according to the demographic men 18 to 30 using internet banking the most, 35+ women with children using the net for education and the over 50s focusing on travel.

Netvoyager commissioned an independent study into consumer internet usage and demand, in May and June 2001. A questionnaire was mailed to 15,000 people in the UK from three distinct demographic groups: men aged 18 to 30; women over the age of 35, with children; and men and women over the age of 50.

About Netvoyager PLC
Netvoyager is a leading, UK based, software development house of thin client and interactive TV technology. Established in 1999, Netvoyager has focused on the growing thin client and iTV market and has developed a portfolio of complementary products. Netvoyager has strategic alliances with Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. For further information please

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