Almost all of M’sians using mobile phones

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 31 Jul 2016

In full concentration: Passengers totally engrossed in using their smartphones and tablets while commuting on the transit rail express. — Bloomberg

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%).

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Govt committed to tabling Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill as soon as possible, says Rina Harun
Cheras police nab six men at online gambling den
Thailand yet to decide on Nur Sajat
Cops arrest 99 loan sharks in Penang
IPCC Bill to be tabled for second reading during current Parliament sitting
Sabah floods: Three relief centres in Kota Belud closed
Over RM9bil allocation for flood-mitigation projects, says Tuan Ibrahim
Covid-19: 17 localities involving long houses in Sarawak come under EMCO
Cops awaiting forensic report on fatal RMAF shooting incident
Harmonious day in Parliament as both sides of the political aisle worked together, says Dr Wee

Stories You'll Enjoy