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Mobile is the primary means of Internet access in Brazil, IBGE shows


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Source: Agency Brazil


The use of mobile phone to access the Internet surpassed the first computer in Brazil. This is the conclusion the Information and Communication Technologies Supplement (ICT) of National Sample Survey of Households (PNAD) 2014 released today (6) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). More than half of the 67 million Brazilian households now have internet access in 2014 (54.9%). In 2013, this percentage was 48%. Over 60% of these homes were in urban areas.

The mobile to browse the network was used in 80.4% of homes with internet access, as the computer for this purpose was 76.6% of households and fell in comparison with 2013 (88.4%). The largest proportion of such use was recorded in the Northeast, with 92.5% of households with the mobile as a means of Internet access.


Attendant of a car repair shop in Pernambuco, Kelyta Marilia Tomaz da Silva, 30, has computer and tablet at home, but her son John David, 6 years, and her husband, William, only use the phone when it comes to accessing the internet. "Use more to see the face [Facebook], much talk on WhatsApp, and to watch videos, recipes," said she to point out that this is a reality among friends and acquaintances in the city, which has free wifi in the main square and the pizzerias and bars. Little John David already has own phone with internet access. "My son is 24 hours in a cell. All day until bedtime, "she said, which also has thin screen television and fixed and mobile broadband connection.

Mobile Broadband

The use of mobile broadband, present in 62.8% of households with Internet access increased 19.3 percentage points in 2014 compared to 2013. Since the fixed broadband connection fell 5.2 percentage points and reached 71.9% house with internet. The percentage of households with mobile broadband was highest in the North (84.2%) and Northeast (66.2%). In addition, 35% of households with internet had the two types of broadband in 2014.

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The number of homes with internet access portablet, mobile and television grew 137.7% - from 3.6 million to 8.6 million from 2013 to 2014. The number of households with access to the internet tablet (21.9 %) and television (4.9%) grew 76.8% and 116.34% respectively in the period.

The number of people who accessed the Internet through different electronic computer equipment grew by 155.6% 2013 to 2014, reaching 10.5% of the population 10 years or older. Internet access was a reality in 88.9% of households with monthly income per capita of more than 5 minimum wages. Only 25.3% of households with income less than one quarter of the minimum wage had internet.

Cell phone

About 136, 6 million people aged 10 or more had a cell phone in 2014 in the country. The number represents 77.9% of the population and an increase of almost 5% compared to 2013 (6.4 million) and 142.8% compared to 2005.

With the lowest proportions of people with mobile, the North (69.4%) and Northeast (69.9%) also recorded the highest growth of the quota in the period: 2.7 and 3.8 percentage points. The Federal District had the highest proportion of people with phones 10 years or older (90.6%), while Maranhão had the lowest proportion, 54.4%.

The age groups that had the largest increases between 2013 and 2014 were 10 to 14 years of age, changing from 49.9% to 54.1%, the 15 to 17 years, with 80.8% with mobile compared to 76.7% in 2013, and 60 years or more in which 55.6% had mobile phones in 2014, up from 51.6% in 2013.


The cell was a personal good for 93.4% of students from private schools and 66.8% of the public network, which represented 74.3% of Brazilian students in 2014. In 2013, these percentages were 92.8 % and 62.6% respectively. The proportion of people with this equipment with 11 to 14 years of study was 93.6% and 96.8% with 15 or more years of study. The highest growth in the period occurred in groups of 1 to 3 years of study, which rose from 46.9% to 51.5% and 4 to 7 years of education (67.4% to 71.1%).

More than half of the rural population now has cell phone in 2014 (52.4%), after an increase of 4.6 percentage points compared to 2013. Most cell phones are in urban areas (82.3%), but in all regions of the difference between cell phone use proportions in urban and rural areas decreased. The site recorded the highest growth was the rural area in the Southeast, with 5.6 percentage points more than in 2013.


Source: Agency Brazil

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