Over 85 pct of Latvian households have access to internet

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-02 01:19:40|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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RIGA, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- With broadband and mobile internet penetration increasing year by year in Latvia, 85.4 percent of households in the Baltic country have some kind of internet service at home this year, the national statistics bureau reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, 14.3 percent of households polled in this year's survey on the usage of information and communication technologies are still managing without the Web.

The survey reveals that the number of Latvian households using broadband connections has risen 4.5 percent year on year, from 78.8 percent in 2018 to 83.3 percent in 2019. Broadband penetration is especially high in the capital city Riga where 87.2 percent of households enjoy fast connections.

The number of respondents using the Internet on a regular basis (at least once in a week or more often) is up 2.5 percent year on year, from 81.2 percent 2018 to 83.7 percent in 2019.

Smartphones are the most popular devices for accessing the internet, used by 75.5 percent of respondents, while 14.4 percent of people access the Web via laptops and 9.1 percent via tablets, according to the survey.

The survey was conducted this year, polling 5,219 residents of Latvia, aged 16 to 74.