Demand for public Internet access is dropping off as more people go online at home, threatening the existence of cybercafés.

Outlets are being forced to diversify, offering a better range of food and drink and a more pleasant environment.

Small privately owned chains such as Cyberia are also being squeezed by competition from conglomerates such as Easyjet, which owns the EasyEverything chain of Internet cafés.

Cyberia's planned global rollout has faltered, though there are now outlets in Dublin, Manchester, Ealing and Bangkok as well as the original café in London's Fitzrovia.

The Daily Telegraph 21/07/01 page 13 (Weekend section)