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The figures rose 12% for consumer connections and 15% for business connections in the quarter. This brings consumer connections to 1,240,000 and business connections to almost 185,000. The fourth quarter showed the strongest growth for 2001.
Broadband connections were almost exclusively responsible for the growth, with nearly 100,000 (+39%) households and 28,000 (+36%) companies opting for this medium. Overall, broadband represents today a third of all connections, as compared to one in four just three months previously.
Although the number of free connections increased (+6%) to reach more than 680,000, these now represent fewer than 50% of total connections, the first time they have fallen below this level since their introduction in the summer of 1999.
While 2000 could be considered the year of free Internet and of a broad acceptance of Internet connections, 2001was marked by a wide introduction of broadband with connections nearly tripling over the year to more than 460,000.
In general, the number of connections grew 25% through 2001, in both the business and the consumer markets. The number of paying dial-up connections decreased by 30% (to 280,000) in favor of broadband.
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