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More Brazilians access Internet over Mobile than PC

October 4 2016

Brazil had 34.1 million homes with internet access and only 33.2 million households with PCs, according to the 2015 edition of the ‘TIC Domicilios’ research by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee. The number of Brazilians with internet access grew last year to 58 percent of the population, totalling 102 million people with some type of access to the network (home, work, friend’s houses, public spaces).

For the first time internet access via mobile phone surpassed that via PC. Among Brazilians aged 10 years or over that regularly access the internet, 89 percent do so via mobile phone, while 65 percent do so via desktop, laptop or tablet. In 2014, 80 percent accessed via PC and 76 percent via mobile phone. The number of Brazilians who only access the internet via mobile devices grew from 19 percent in 2014 to 35 percent in 2015. Wi-Fi access (87%) surpassed access via 3G and 4G networks (72%). In addition, in homes with internet access, 79 percent had Wi-Fi in 2015 (+13% y/y).

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