Brazil: fewer homes with PCs, more internet users - study

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The number of households in Brazil with PCs and with computers connected to the internet fell for the first time in 2015.

A total of 31.4mn households were equipped with computers (desktops and laptops) last year, or 46.2% of the total, compared to 48.5% in 2014, according to the annual national survey of households, released Friday by statistics bureau IBGE.

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Of the homes with PCs, 40.5% had computers connected to the internet, down from 42.1% in 2014.

This was the first time since the survey has been conducted that a drop has been recorded in the two indicators, IBGE said.

In spite of these decreases, the number of people in the country with access to the internet grew to 57.5% last year, up from 54.4% in 2014, as people used other devices, namely smartphones and tablets, to surf the web or connected from other places than their homes, IBGE said.

In fact, according to the ICT survey of households released in September by the Brazilian internet steering committee CGI.br, 89% of Brazilian internet users accessed the web using handsets in 2015, compared to 65% from PCs. With that, smartphones became the main platform to access the internet in the country.

CGI.br's survey also showed that 51% of homes had internet access and 50% had at least one computer at the end of 2015, figures essentially flat compared to the 2014 study. Around 58% of the population aged 10 or more accessed the internet in CGI.br's study.

Meanwhile, in the IBGE survey, nearly 140mn people aged 10 or more had a cell phone, or 78.3% of the total in this age range. This was an increase of 2.5mn people from 2014 when 77.9% had a cell phone, according to IBGE.

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