Household spending on ICT products over 45 years - ongoing replacement
Between 1960 and 2005, the portion of household budgets taken up by information and communications technology (ICT) products rose from 1.3 % to 4.2 %. No other significant line item has matched this virtually uninterrupted growth. Demand is very vigorous, showing a 12.6 % annual increase in volume over 45 years. This strong growth also benefits from 20 years of constant lowering of prices, mainly of personal computers, as well as the availability of ever-improved products. French consumption of ICT products is within the European average, but is significantly lower with regard to mobile phone ownership and Internet access. The number of Internet users in France grew from 150,000 in 1995 to 26 million in 2005. The number of subscribers increased fourfold between the beginning of 2000 (3.1 million) and the end of 2005 (13.1 million). With broadband connections growing from 50,000 to 9.5 million subscribers over the same period, France joins the leading European countries.