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Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service

Latest figures: ICT Usage in Households and by Individuals, 2011

The Statistical Service announces the results of the annual survey ‘Information and Communication Technologies Usage in Households and by Individuals 2010’ that has been carried out in Cyprus for the eighth consecutive year. The survey covered 1.588 households and 3.652 individuals 16 – 74 years old. It covered all the government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus, urban and rural. The data were collected with personal interviews.

The main results of the survey are the following:

- The percentage of households with access to a computer was 63,9% in 2011. The percentage of households with access to a desktop computer decreased to 33,6% compared to 37,0% in 2010 while the percentage of households with access to a laptop computer increased to 55,5% compared to 48,3% in 2010.

- A computer is found in 90,3% of households with dependent children, while in households where there are no dependent children the percentage is only 52,1%.

- The Internet access in households continues to increase. In the first quarter of 2011, the Internet was accessed at least once in 57,4% of the households, compared to 53,7% in 2010. At the same time, an increase was observed in the individuals that used the Internet during the first quarter of the year, from 52,2% in 2010 to 56,9% in 2011.

- Over the last years there has been a steady increase in broadband connections and a simultaneous decrease in narrowband connections (modem, ISDN). 86,6% of the households with Internet access have a broadband connection (DSL) in 2011.

- The main reason for households not having an Internet connection was the lack of skills (63,9% of the households without access to the Internet).

- Individuals 16 – 24 years old (94,7%) and students (99,5%) are the more frequent Internet users. This percentage decrease with age since only 7,8% of individuals 65 – 74 years old use the Internet. Men are using the Internet more frequently than women with percentage 61,2% and 54,3% respectively.

- The most popular Internet activities among Cypriots are finding information about goods or services, and reading/downloading online newspaper/magazines (84,9% and 63,8% of Internet users respectively).

- 58,9% of Internet users are participating in social networks like facebook, twitter etc.

- Among individuals using the Internet, 55,3% are using services related to travel and accommodation and 52,2% are making telephone calls over the Internet.

- A significant increase is observed on the percentage of individuals 16-74 years old that used the Internet to interact with public authorities(29,2% in 2011 compared to 21,8% in 2010).

- 15,7 % of persons made online orders for goods and services in 2011. Approximately half of them order travel arrangements(47,3%).

The results of the survey are available on the website of the Statistical Service, under the section Publications of the Statistical Subtheme INFORMATION SOCIETY.




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