INE - Surveys on the use of ICT by Portuguese households and businesses in 2016

INE - Instituto Nacional de Estatística (Statistics Portugal) has released the results of its surveys on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by Portuguese households and businesses in 2016.

The INE survey of households reveals that, in 2016, 74% of households in Portugal have Internet access at home and that the majority have broadband, especially households with children (94%) and residents of the Lisbon area (82%). In this period, the Internet was used to order products or services by 23% of people, and most frequently among respondents with higher education (53%) and those aged between 25 and 34 years (44%). Meanwhile, 74% of Internet users in Portugal took part in social networks.

In the business segment, the survey indicates that, in 2016, 70% of Portuguese companies with 10 or more employees access the Internet using mobile broadband. 64% of such companies have a website, 45% use social networks as a strategy to connect to customers, suppliers or business partners, and 41% send electronic invoices to other companies or public bodies. It is also reported that 18% of companies made use of cloud computing services, mainly email. Meanwhile, 13% of the companies analysed big data in 2015; the geolocation of data from mobile devices (57%) and the use of data generated from digital media (54%) were the main sources of analysis.

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