Information technology and communications

The digital gap between the younger and older generation is decreasing

news release no 107

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2014, 83% of households in Estonia had access to the Internet at home. The gap between the younger and older population in computer and Internet use is decreasing.

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Communications

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Ruth Renter
– Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2014. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 350)

The field of telecommunications develops constantly and fast, and newer mobile technologies replace outdated solutions. In the past, the main aim of communications operators was to provide telephone services, whereas now they offer service packages tailored to the needs of different customer groups. It is now important to ensure the availability of the Internet, which gives the opportunity to use many services online. Customers increasingly prefer mobile services to services in the fixed-line network.

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Information technology

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Minifacts about Estonia 2014 (p. 48)

The development of information technology solutions has been so rapid in the last decade that it has fundamentally changed the environment where we live.

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Eight out of ten households have an Internet connection at home

news release no 112

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2013, 80% of households in Estonia had access to the Internet at home. The share of such households has increased five percentage points compared to the same period of the previous year.

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Information technology

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Mari Soiela
– Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2013. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 350)

In the 1st quarter of 2012 the share of Internet users among 16–74-year-old Estonian residents was 78%, which is five percentage points more than the European Union (EU) average. The share of Internet users among men and women was almost equal. In urban settlements there are six percentage points more Internet users than in rural settlements (80% and 74%, respectively). The share of Internet users is smaller in older age groups: six out of ten persons aged 55–64 and three out of ten persons aged 65–74 used the Internet in that period. Compared to 2011, the share of Internet users has risen six percentage points in the age group 55–64 and two percentage points in the age group 65–74. In the EU as a whole, there are also more Internet users among younger people. The use of Internet also depends on the educational level, but less so in Estonia than in the EU on average. The share of Internet users among residents with higher, upper secondary and below upper secondary education was respectively 94%, 77% and 49% in the EU, and 91%, 76% and 62% in Estonia.

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