A total of 37.6 per cent of homes in Palma are connected to the internet, compared to an average of 34.6 per cent for the Balearics as a whole and less than 31 per cent in the rest of Spain, according to Balearic minister of finance Lluis Ramis de Ayreflor. He was speaking at the presentation of a report by the Balearic Computer Observatory, which was divided into two sections, private consumers and companies. The latter section included for the first time companies with fewer than ten workers.
The report says that 40 per cent of Palma residents use the internet regularly, 90 per cent of them from their homes and only one to two per cent from cyber cafes. Nearly 70 per cent of Palma users consult the internet on a daily basis, and 29 per cent use it several times a week. The survey also reveals that nearly 54 per cent use the internet for electronic banking services while only 27 per cent have paid for goods or services via internet during the past year. Ramis de Ayreflor maintained that internet users in the Balearics were “satisfied” with their on line relations with the public administration in 94 per cent of the cases.
The biggest demand for information is in the health sector.
On the business side, 87 per cent of the firms consulted had computers.
Eighty per cent of them were connected to the internet.
More than 70 per cent of them use an ADSL connection.

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