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9.5 percent increase in the number of households using internet : CAPMAS

MENA , Thursday 16 May 2019
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The number of households owning computers has increased by 9.3 percent in 2018 recording 13.8 million against 12.6 million in 2017, said the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) on Thursday.

The number of households with a television set hit 23.5 million in 2018 compared with 22.1 million in 2017, with a slight increase of 6.3 percent, the CAPMAS said in a statement issued on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

The number of families owning mobile phones reached 23.4 millions in 2018 against 22.19 millions in 2017, marking an increase of 5.5 percent.

With an increase of 9.5 percent, the number of households using the internet to download images, videos and games rose to 19.8 million in 2018 against 18 million in 2017.

The CAPMAS added that the number of households using the internet to get information about products and services stood at 8.6 million in 2018.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) aims to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 

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