The presence of computers in Brazilian households has tripled in the last decade. However, the equipment is still not present in over half of households - the penetration rate is 38.3% on average, of which 30.7% of which are connected to the internet. The information is contained in a survey released today (April 27) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
According to 2010 Census data, the penetration of computers in households is higher in the Southeast region, where they are installed in 48% of households, of which 39.6% have access to the internet. In the North and Northeast regions, 22.7% and 21.2% of households have a computer, of which 15.4% and 16.8% have internet access, respectively. This was the first time that the IBGE Census researched internet access across the country, there is no therefore no earlier comparative data. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of households with a telephone line remained relatively stable. During the period, the figure increased from 39.7% to 40.8%. However, the proportion of households with only a mobile phone reached 47.1%.