Proportion of Croatian ICT-equipped households on the rise


The proportion of Croatian households equipped with information and communication technologies (ICT) increased from 65 per cent in 2014 to 77 per cent in 2015, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, citing the results of a survey of the use of ICT in households and by individuals.

The survey covered over 6,000 people aged 16-74 and their households.

The proportion of households using the internet increased from 68 per cent last year to 77 per cent this year. Almost all Croatian households, or 99 per cent, have broadband internet access, of which 92 per cent use fixed broadband access, which is an increase of three percentage points compared with 2014.

The largest increase, from 38 per cent to 47 per cent, was recorded among households with internet access via broadband mobile networks.

Although 99 per cent of households can access the internet, 23 per cent of households surveyed do not have an internet connection. Sixty-nine per cent of those respondents without internet connection said they had no need for it, 38 per cent said the service cost was too high and 35 per cent said the necessary equipment was too expensive.

Positive developments were noticed in the age structure of computer users compared with last year. The youngest population — those aged 16-34 — maintained the lead in computer usage (98%), followed by those aged 34-44 (96%). Computer usage among people aged 65 and over increased by 3 per cent to 21 per cent.

The employment status structure showed that pupils and students were the most frequent computer users (100%).

The survey showed that people mostly used the internet to obtain information on products and services (82%), information on health (72%), for email (77%), to read daily news and magazines (90%), to participate in social networks (64%), for travel and accommodation services (22%) and for e-banking services (20%).