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80.6 million Internet users are already counted in Mexico


Feb. 18, 2020

During 2019, Mexico reached 80.6 million Internet users and 86.5 million mobile communication users, of which 95.3 percent use a smartphone, according to the National Survey on Availability and Use of Information Technology in Homes 2019 (Endutih 2019).
This was announced by the president of Inegi, Julio A. Santaella; the commissioner president of the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Gabriel Contreras; and the Undersecretary of Communications and Technological Development of the Secretariat of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Salma Jalife.
They explained that, although there are already these figures in our country, it is also true that in urban areas the average number of connected users is 76.6 percent and in rural areas only 47.7 percent. However, the above implied an increase, since, while in 2017 in urban areas the average number of connected people over six years of age was 71.2 percent, in 2019 it increased to 76.6 percent and in rural areas from 39.2 to 47.7 percent.
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In terms of connectivity, Santaella, Contreras and Jalife explained that 80.6 million Internet users (51.6 percent women and 48.4 men), represent 70.1 percent of the population of six years or more, which implies an increase of 4.3 points percentage compared to that recorded in 2018, whose percentage was 65.8 percent and 12.7 percentage points compared to 2015, the year that the record was 57.4 percent.
On households, the survey showed that 20.1 million or 56.4 percent have connectivity, either through a fixed or mobile connection, which means an increase of 3.5 percentage points compared to 2018, and of 17.2 percentage points compared to 2015 results that was 39.2 percent.
The three main means for connecting users to the internet in 2019 were: smart phone (smartphone), with 95.3 percent; laptop, with 33.2 percent; and desktop computer, with 28.9 percent.
The officials emphasized that the main activities of internet users in 2019 corresponded to entertainment, with 91.5 percent, obtaining information, 90.7 percent; and communicate, 90.6 percent, so according to Contreras it is necessary to catalyze the appropriation process since, for example, only 16.8 percent make online banking operations and 22.1 percent make purchases online.
Internet users identified as slow problems when connecting to the network, the slowness in the transfer of information, with 50.1 percent; service interruptions, 38.6 percent; and excess unwanted information, 25.5 percent.
Regarding mobile communications, 86.5 million users represent 75.1 percent of the population aged six years or more, that is, an increase of 3.6 percentage points compared to 2015.
Stresses that nine out of ten cell phone users have a smartphone.
The proportion of users who only had a smartphone had a growth of 23 percentage points between 2015 and 2019, which implies that it went from 65.1 to 88.1 percent.
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It highlights the fact that the percentage of people who say they do not wish to have a cell phone for security reasons has increased, although it remains low, it grew from 4.9 percent in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2018 and 6.7 in 2019.
On the other hand, the use of computers continues to decline, because 43 percent of the population of six years or more is a user of this device, that is, 49.4 million.
The proportion is lower in 8.3 percent compared to users in 2015, and lower in 2.0 percentage points compared to those registered in 2018.
The proportion of households with a computer registered a marginal decrease, from 44.9 percent in 2015 and 2018, to 44.3 percent in 2019.
The television remains as the asset with the greatest presence in homes, being located at 92.5 percent.
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