There is a digital-divide in Europe between those on high- and low-incomes, according to a report on Internet usage by Pro Active International.

Liesbeth Hop, CEO of Pro Active International, said: "The results of the Pan European Internet Monitor show the difference in Internet access between high- and low-income categories throughout Europe should be a major concern to governments in Europe."

The research, carried out in partnership with Microsoft, Excite, AltaVista and Yahoo, shows the most active Internet users are 25- to 34-year-olds - only one per cent of online Europeans are over 55. Upper income levels account for 46 per cent of online time, while low income groups only account for 10 per cent of such time.

The report, made from data collected over 14 days, claims Internet usage by women in the 15- to 24-year-old age group is on an upward swing.

The company will release the second part of its research at the end of April, showing the results of a survey of 200,000 Internet users.