KUALA LUMPUR: It’s official – the number of mobile phone users far outstrips those using personal computers in the country.
The newly released results of the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s 2015 survey of ICT (information and communications technology) use by individuals and households came as no surprise.
In fact, mobile phone usage in the country is found to be edging towards 100%.
The latest survey reveals that the number of individuals using mobile phones has gone up from 94.2% in 2013 to 97.5% in 2015.
“The 3.3% jump is modest but it’s because mobile phone usage has almost reached saturation point,” said the survey.
In contrast, individuals using computers are found at 68.7% – a 12.7% increase from 56% in 2013.
As for Internet usage, the statistics also show a rise in Malaysians’ use of the global system – 75% of consumers still access the Internet from home, with many of them (72.2%) also using it while on the go.
Households using mobile broadband to access the Internet stands at 61.9% while those using fixed broadband to access the Internet is 24.7%.
Popular Internet activities include participating in social networks (84.3%), getting information about goods and services (79.6%), downloading images, movies, music (76.1%), and sending and receiving e-mail messages (68.4%), followed by Internet banking (27.4%), job-related searches and applications (14.7%), and purchasing goods and services online (16.1%).