Survey on enterprises showed 95% benefit from internet
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An ICT usage and e-commerce in enterprises survey carried out during the first quarter showed that the vast majority of enterprises (1,132 or 97 per cent) employing a minimum of ten employees (full time equivalent) made use of computers. This figure increased by one percentage point over 2010. All enterprises in transport and storage, information and communication and professional, scientific and technical activities registered regular computer use.
During the same period, it was estimated that 95 per cent of the surveyed enterprises also had access to Internet – up by one percentage point when compared to the corresponding period a year earlier. Increases in internet usage were registered in all economic sectors albeit minor drops in manufacturing and in administrative and support services activities.
Furthermore, during 2011, the majority of enterprises made use of broadband Internet, with the most popular connection type being DSL. Increases were recorded in the number of mobile Internet connections, while dial-up connectivity continued to decline, standing at less than one per cent of enterprises.
The popularity of E-government services increased substantially over 2011, with 95 per cent of enterprises reporting that they made use of such facilities. This resulted in a 12 percentage point increase over 2010. The largest increase was noted in small enterprises, employing between 10 and 49 persons.
Between 2010 and 2011, enterprises making use of a website or a home page increased by seven percentage points, to stand at 77 per cent in the year under review. Large enterprises, employing at least 250 employees were the ones most likely to have a website or home page.
The percentage of enterprises conducting both sales and purchases via e-commerce has also increased during the period under review. Results show that 20 per cent of enterprises carried out sales via e-commerce, with this percentage increasing to 53 per cent in accommodation and food services activities. On the other hand, purchases via e-commerce were carried out by 27 per cent of enterprises, up by 3 percentage points over 2010.
These figures were released by the National Statistics Office today.