Internet use has grown over last five years
The National Statistics Office’s Society of Information and Knowledge Observatory reports a marketed increase in mobile Internet accounts in use to 3,167,713 as of 2014. The statistics also show that fixed Internet access declined from 18% to 6% in 2014. The Dominican Telecom Institute (Indotel) also reports that 98% of citizens use mobile phones nationwide and there are 8,303,536 mobile phone lines.
In the past five years number of electronic mail accounts trebled in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) says that electronic mail accounts grew to 4.6 million as of October 2015.
Only 25.4% of homes have residential phones, barely 9.6% in rural areas.
According to the press release, in two years computer imports increased by 96%, while cell phones made up 96.21% of the electronic devices brought in from overseas.
Indotel says that the trend is to reduce the digital gap both in terms of access as well as use and with this in mind they are implementing strategies such as the community technological centers and Internet rooms in rural areas and in barrios.
Source: DR1, Indotel
Jan 7, 2016
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