Use of information and communication technologies in households, first quarter of 2011
According to the data of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia, in the first quarter of 2011, 55.0% of the households had access to the Internet at home, which is 8.9% percentage points more in comparison with the same period in 2010. Participation of the households with broadband connection in the total number of households increased from 37.2% in 2010 to 42.1% in 2011. In this period, the most common Internet connection, used by 46.5% of the households with internet access, was broadband connection that includes: fixed wired (cable, fiber, Ethernet, PLC etc.), fixed wireless (satellite, public WiFi, WiMax) and mobile connection to the Internet (via at least 3G handset-UMTS, or at least 3G modem-USB/card for laptop).
In the first quarter of 2011, 58.9% of the total population aged 15-74 used a computer, while 56.7% used the Internet. Internet was most used by pupils and students, i.e. 96.6%. The Internet was most frequently used, by 82.9% of the Internet users in the last 3 months, for participating in social networks (e.g., creating user profile, posting messages or other contributions to facebook, twitter, etc.)
In the first quarter of 2011, only 4.1% of the internet users that had ever used the Internet, placed orders through the Internet for buying goods or services for private purpose, while 6.7% did so in the last 12 months, mostly for buying clothes or sport equipment (20.4%).
Of those who used the Internet in the last 12 months, 22.2% used e-government services, for obtaining information (18.2%), for downloading official forms (11.2%) from the public authorities’/administrations’ websites, and for sending filled in forms to the public authorities’/administrations’ websites (7.4%).
Training or courses (of at least 3 hours) on any aspect of computer use in the last 3 years were attended by 14.2% of individuals that have ever used a computer, 21.5% had a course on computer use 3 years ago, while the rest (64.2%) have never taken one. The main reason for not taking computer courses, by 67.8%, was no need to take one because their computer skills were sufficient.
Source: the State Statistical Office – Report 126.96.36.199.