INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) USAGE SURVEY ON HOUSEHOLDS AND INDIVIDUALS, 2012
Proportion of households with Internet access rose to 47,2%
According to the results of ICT Usage Survey in Households and Individuals carried out in April, 2012, 47,2 per cent of households have access to the Internet at home. It was 42,9 per cent in April, 2011. The main reason for households not having access to the Internet at home is “have no need” with 27,6 per cent.
Percentage of households with access to the Internet was 55,5% in urban areas and 27,3% in rural areas. According to SR Level1, percentages of households with access to the Internet in TR1 İstanbul (60,5%), TR2 West Marmara ( 49,7%), TR4 East Marmara (60,6%), TR5 West Anatolia (57,5%) were above the average of Turkey.
In April, 2012, 43,2% of households had broadband connection. ADSL was used to access the Internet 31,3 per cent of all households and 66,4 per cent of households with Internet access. 3G were used to access the Internet 13,9 per cent of all households and 29,5 per cent of households with Internet access.
Computer and Internet usage continue to rise
Computer and Internet usage of individuals aged 16-74 were 48,7 per cent and 47,4 per cent, respectively. These rates were 46,4 per cent and 45 per cent in 2011.
According to the results of ICT Usage Survey in Households and Individuals, proportions of the male that use computer and Internet were 59% and 58,1%, while these proportions were 38,5% and 37% for female, respectively in 16-74 age group. Proportion of computer and Internet use were 57,8 per cent and 56,6 per cent in urban areas, and 27,6 per cent and 26,4 per cent in rural areas. These proportions were the highest in TR1 İstanbul with 62,2 per cent and 60,9 per cent. This region was followed by TR5 West Anatolia with 58,6 per cent and 57,1 per cent respectively.
The highest proportion of computer and Internet usage was at 16-24 age groups. For all age groups, proportions of computer and Internet usage for males were higher than females.
Proportion of regular Internet user was 37,8%
In the first quarter of 2012 (January-March 2012), 37,8 % of all individuals aged 16-74 used the Internet almost every day or at least once a week (regularly Internet use). This share was found 88,5 per cent in Internet users aged 16-74. Proportion of regular Internet users were 89,7 per cent in urban area, 82,5 per cent in rural area and 90,7 per cent in TR1 İstanbul by SR Level1.
Individuals use the Internet mostly for reading or downloading online news/newspaper/news magazines
In the first quarter of 2012 (January-March 2012), 72,5% of Internet users read or downloaded online news/newspaper/news magazines for private purpose. This proportion was followed by sending/receiving e-mails (66,8 per cent). Finding information about goods or services with 61,3 per cent and playing or downloading games, images, films or music with 49,1 per cent were also other popular Internet activities for private purposes.
Internet was mostly used at home with 70 per cent
In the first quarter of 2012 (January-March 2012) the location of Internet usage for individuals using the Internet aged 16-74 was mainly at home (70 per cent), while 33,8 per cent in the workplace, 17,8 per cent at another person’s home, 16 per cent at Internet café, 7,2 per cent at place of education, 5,9 per cent at hotspots. The proportion of Internet café was 18,7 per cent for the location of Internet usage in the first quarter of 2011 (January-March 2011)
23,7% of Internet users aged 16-74 connect to the Internet wirelessly away from home or work via mobile phone or smartphone. This was followed by laptop, notebook or netbook with 15,6 per cent and tablet computer (with touch screen) with 1,3 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.
One out of five Internet user bought goods or services over the Internet
21,8% of Internet users aged 16-74 bought goods or services over the Internet for private purposes. The proportion of Internet customers was 18,6% in the previous year.
44,4% of Internet customers bought clothes and sports goods, 25,5% of that electronic equipment, 21,2% of that household goods, 18,3% of that food or groceries, 17,4% of that travel arrangements (transport tickets, car hire, etc.) and 15,6% of that books, magazines, newspapers (including e-books) in the last twelve months (April 2011-March 2012).
9,4% of Internet customers who encountered problems when buying or ordering goods or services over the Internet in the last twelve months (April 2011-March 2012). Wrong or damaged goods/services delivered was the most important problems.
Interaction with public authorities over the Internet increases
During the twelve months (April 2011-March 2012) 45,1% of Internet users interacted with public authorities over the Internet for private purposes. This proportion was 38,9 per cent for the period of April 2010-March 2011. Obtaining information from public authorities’ web sites was in the first rank with 42,9 per cent.
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