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87% of Irish households have access to internet at home

Staff Writer |
It is estimated that 87% of households in Ireland had access to the internet at home in 2016, an increase of 2 percentage points compared with 2015.

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The main reasons stated for not having a household internet connection were Lack of skills (40%) and Do not need internet (38%).

In 2016, 82% of internet users used the internet in the 3 months prior to interview.

Email (83%) was the most common activity carried out on the internet by individuals. The next most common activities selected were Finding information on goods and services (82%), followed by Social networking (70%) and Internet banking (64%).

The most common types of goods or services purchased by internet users were Clothes or sports goods (42%). The next most common types of internet purchases were Other travel arrangements (40%) and Holiday accommodation and Tickets for events, both at 38%.

45% of internet users stated that they used storage space on the internet to store files electronically, a marginal increase on 2015 (44%) and an increase of 10 percentage points when compared with 2014.

In 2016, 87% of households had an internet connection, an increase of 15 percentage points since 2010. Data for 2016 indicates that fixed broadband was the most common type of internet access in the household (79% compared with 45% using mobile broadband).

Internet access via narrow broadband connection was just 2%. Fixed broadband connection was highest in the Dublin region at 91%.

In 2016, of the 13% of households with no internet access, 40% reported that this was due to a Lack of skills.

Further barriers reported included Equipment costs too high (12%) and Access costs too high (8%), while 38% of households without internet access reported that this was because they Do not need internet.


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