05 October 2000
Germany is the dominant Internet economy in Europe, with Britain trailing a long way behind in second place, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey of the top 150 Internet companies.
Germany controls 45 per cent of the European market, Britain 16 per cent, Holland 14 per cent and France 7 per cent.
But the report's authors said that this does not mean the government will not achieve its aim for Britain to be the best place in the world to do e-commerce by 2002. "It's just a snapshot," said Paul Spratt, partner at PwC. "Some firms may do some business in the UK but have German headquarters."
The UK was pushing forward, he said, but Germany has the edge because it unbundled its telecommunications network two years ago, clients can download information faster and the government has been more active with financial backing.
The report also showed that business-to-business companies have outperformed their business-to-consumer counterparts.
• Copies of the report are available from www.pwcglobal.com