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Internet usage in Taiwan up to 82.3 percent

2017/12/29 21:49:06

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Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Internet usage in Taiwan jumped from 62.7 percent in 2005 to 82.3 percent in 2017 due to the ubiquitous use of smartphones and other mobile devices, according to a National Development Council (NDC) survey report released Friday.

The NDC report on personal and household use of information technology shows that 82.3 percent of people aged over 12 were Internet users representing a 2.6 percent increase from 2016.

During the twelve-year period, there was an increase of 19.6 percentage points, according to the report.

Of this figure, the mobile Internet usage rate in 2017 shot up to reach a new record, with 97.4 percent of Internet users having used mobile or wireless Internet.

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Eighty out of every 100 people aged over 12 have a history of using mobile Internet, which shows an increase of nearly 7 percent from 2016.

Due to so many people relying on smartphones to connect to the Internet, the 2017 survey also included "only use smartphones to use the Internet" as a category for households connected to the Internet.

As a result, the results for households connected to the Internet showed an increase from 81.1 percent in 2016 to 85.1 percent in 2017.

From the perspective of use of information technology equipment, those that have a smartphone, smart TV, smart wearable device or smart appliances showed a slight increase from 2016.

And for the same time frame, those with a desktop computer dropped from 74 to 69 out of every 100 people.

The number of people who most commonly use smartphones to use the Internet increased from 66.7 percent in 2016 to 73.3 percent in 2017, while those who most commonly use desktop computers dropped from 21.4 percent to 16 percent, reflecting the shift in information technology device usage habits.

The survey, which had a sample size of 9,337 respondents, had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. It was conducted by telephone between Aug. 22 and Sept. 29.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and William Yen)