Information technology and communications

Communications

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Ruth Renter
– Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2016. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 354)

In the whole world, the field of telecommunication is developing very fast compared with other branches of economy. Along with the fast pace of life and development of mobile technology, there is growing demand for mobile data communication. Customers prefer mobile services to services in the fixed-line network. Thus, competition between communication operators is increasing in the field of fast data exchange services. The contribution of the sector of electronic communication to the economy is important as it supports the development of other branches of economy as well.

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Information technology

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Minifacts about Estonia 2016 (p. 52)

In Estonia, the use of IT devices has become an indispensable part of everyday life. The Internet has become accessible also while on the move, mainly thanks to the rapid development of the mobile telephone network. Despite the usefulness of the Internet, it might hide several security risks, e.g. infections with viruses or other malware, leaks and abuse of personal data, fi nancial losses etc.

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Internet use among people aged 65–74

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Jaanika Ait
– Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 3/15. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 94)

The advancement of information technology has facilitated the increasingly wider use of the Internet. While among 16–24-year-olds the share of Internet users reaches already 100%, then there are increasingly more Internet users among the elderly as well. The article discusses Internet use, including online shopping habits, in the age group of 65–74-year-olds, and provides comparisons with the younger generation.

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The possibilities offered by e-commerce are increasingly popular

news release no 100

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2015, 88% of households in Estonia had access to the Internet at home. The share of people using e-commerce has increased.

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Information technology

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Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2015. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 366)

In the 1st quarter of 2014, the share of Internet users among 16–74-year-old Estonian residents was 84%. In the European Union on average, the indicator was 78%. Young people aged 16–34 are the most active Internet users, but in recent years Internet use has started to grow rapidly in the older age groups as well. In 2014, 70% of 55–64-year-olds and 44% of 65–74-year-olds used the Internet – respectively 7% and 12% more than the year before. In Estonia, the share of Internet users among men and women is more or less equal, but compared to the EU average women in Estonia are more active Internet users than women in the EU on average. In urban settlements, the share of Internet users is somewhat bigger than in rural areas, but thanks to the construction of the basic broadband network in recent years a high speed Internet connection has become available in many areas where there was no such option before. Therefore, the differences in Internet use in rural and urban settlements have declined. The share of Internet users is the largest in Western Estonia (91%), followed by Tartu and Harju counties – both 89%. In the 1st quarter of 2014, 86% of Internet users used the Internet every day or almost every day, the corresponding EU average was 83%. In addition to the growing number of Internet users, the frequency of Internet use has also increased. In the 1st quarter of 2014, the share of all Internet users who used the Internet every day was 86%, in the previous year – 79%.

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