96% of enterprises use the internet in their business – Survey
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The National Statistics Office has said today that a survey last year on ICT usage and e-commerce (conducted among enterprises employing a minimum of 10 persons) revealed that 97.1 per cent of enterprises used computers, while 96.3 per cent also used the internet.
It added that the survey results showed high levels of computer and internet use throughout all enterprise size classes and economic activities.
Higher maximum contracted download speeds, are the main requirement when enterprises are choosing their internet service when compared to the previous year.
The survey found that an estimated 82.1 per cent of enterprises using the internet also made use of mobile internet technologies (3G or 4G), an increase of 1.7 percentage points when compared to 2016.
42,501 employees used the internet for business purposes during 2017, resulting in an increase of 5.3 per cent over the previous year.
The NSO said that during the period under review, a total of 18,474 employees accessed the internet via a mobile device provided by their employer, providing an increase of 16.4 per cent over the previous year.
The survey also showed that 1,374 (84.6 per cent) enterprises using internet had their own website while 1,243 (76.6 per cent) enterprises using the internet also made use of social media.
Social media usage has seen continuous increase in popularity. the NSO said, and is mostly used by enterprises to develop their image or market products, with 89.9 per cent of enterprises doing so.
The number of enterprises making sales through e-commerce in 2017 has remained almost at par with figures observed in the previous year.
The total turnover generated through e-commerce sales during 2017 amounted to €1.5 billion, an increase of 15.0 per cent over 2016, the NSO said.
67.4 per cent of the total turnover generated via e-commerce web sales was derived from other European countries, while turnover generated within the country comprised of 21.6 per cent.
This survey also showed that last yerar there was a slight increase in the number of enterprises employing ICT specialists.
Year on year, an increase of 5.1 percentage points in the number of enterprises providing ICT related training to their employees was also registered,, the NSO said.