ICT usage by Households: 2019 Internet usage by individuals
The survey on information and communication technology usage by the National Statistics Office (NSO), which was in part financed by the European Commission, showed, that nearly the entire 16 to 24 age cohort used the internet in 2019, while individuals between 65 to 74 recorded the lowest levels at 46.2 per cent within the same age cohort. Internet usage in Malta is nearly at par with the EU-28 average.
Results show that internet was mostly used for communication purposes (97.1 per cent) and to access information (94.3 per cent).
During 2019, 83.3 per cent of those between 16 and 74 accessed the internet away from home or work via their mobile or smartphone. This result is fairly close with the EU-28 average.
Almost 60 per cent of internet users made use of e-Government services. In absolute terms, the population accessing e-Government services stood at 198,941. The uptake of this service was more common among individuals aged between 16 and 34 years.
In 2019, 47.0 per cent of internet users made use of cloud computing services. The take up of such services was more popular among the youngest age cohort (16-24) with 68.2 per cent, followed by those within the 25-34 age bracket (61.7 per cent).
Digital skills indicators
Seven out of every ten internet users have ‘basic’ or ‘above basic’ overall digital skills. Persons between 16 and 24 years had the highest ‘above basic’ digital skills when compared to the number of persons in the same age bracket. The digital skills areas where a high percentage of persons resulted to be more fluent were ‘communication’ and ‘information’. In this regard for both areas over 80 per cent of Internet users resulted to have ‘above basic knowledge’.
Internet users who engaged in e-commerce activities during the reference year amounted to 227,238 (67.3 per cent). The majority of e-commerce users were between 25 and 34 years. The most common items or services acquired online were clothes and sports goods, holiday accommodation and other travel arrangements.