Information technology and communications

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The use of mobile internet has increased

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Tiina Pärson, Jaanika Ait
– Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/18. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 51)

The use of mobile internet has increased year by year – compared to 2014 when slightly over a half of households with internet connection used mobile internet, by 2017, this share had risen to 82%. The internet is also widely used by enterprises ‒ in 2017, 96% of enterprises with at least 10 employees used computers every day and as much as 95% also used the internet.

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Minifacts about Estonia 2017 (p. 18)

Estonia is a successful e-country. Its IT success stories are e-solutions, which speed up inter-agency procedures and increase opportunities for communication between the citizen and the state.

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Tiina Pärson, Jaanika Ait
– Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/17. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 121)

Today, it is not surprising that using IT devices has become a permanent part of everyday life in Estonia both at the level of individuals and businesses. Internet is available at home, at work as well as on the move.

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Characteristics of Internet and e-commerce use

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Jaanika Ait
– Sotsiaaltrendid. 7. Social Trends (p. 110)

Society has changed quite significantly over the past millennium. With time it has increasingly approached the age of technology and information. Today, most countries, including Estonia, have entered the age of information society, characterised primarily by extensive use of computers and other technical devices, widespread distribution of communication tools, as well as abundance and availability of information.

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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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Jaanika Ait, Tiina Pärson
– Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2016. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 362)

In the 1st quarter of 2015, the share of Internet users among 16–74-year-old Estonian residents was 88%. In the European Union (EU) on average, the respective indicator stood at 79%. Compared to 2014, the share of Internet users in Estonia has increased by 4 percentage points. Internet use is more widespread among 16–54-year-olds – more than 90% of the inhabitants in this age group used the Internet. Older inhabitants use the Internet less: the corresponding indicator amounted to 76% among 55–64-year-olds and to 54% among 65–74-year-olds. These shares are respectively 10 and 9 percentage points above the corresponding EU averages. Compared to females (87%), males are slightly more active in terms of Internet use (90%). By location, the share of Internet users is a bit bigger in urban (90%) than in rural settlements (86%). In the 1st quarter of 2015, 88% of the households had Internet access at home, with most households having a fixed broadband connection (wired or wireless) and more than a half – a mobile Internet connection.

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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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Communications

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Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2015. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 357)

The field of telecommunications develops constantly and fast in line with progress in mobile technology. 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, and ensuring the availability of the Internet has become important. Customers increasingly prefer mobile services to services in the fixed-line network. The contribution of the sector to the economy is important as it supports the development of other branches of economy as well.

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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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