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4.2 million cellular mobile subscriptions in Palestine, says Bureau of Statistics

 

RAMALLAH, Sunday, May 17, 2020 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology said in a press release on the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day that there were a total of 4.2 million subscribers in Palestine compared to 2.6 million at the end of 2010, with an increase of 63%.

In the meantime, the number of ADSL subscribers in Palestine1 increased to about 363 thousand by the end of 2019 compared with 119 thousand by the end of 2010, with an increase of 205%.

97% of Palestinian households have at least one cellular mobile line, with a wide use of Smartphones

The data of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that 97% of the households in Palestine have one or more cellular mobile lines (97% in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip). The results also showed that the percentage of households that own one Smartphone or more was 86% in Palestine (91% in the West Bank and 78% in Gaza Strip).

Also, the results of the survey showed that the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who own a cellular mobile is 75% in Palestine (82% in the West Bank and 64% in Gaza Strip); 71% for females and 79% for males. The survey results also showed that the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who use a cellular mobile is 88% among males and 85% among females.

About one-third of Palestinian households have a computer

The results of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that 324,101 households which is equivalent to 33% of households own a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) in Palestine (36% in the West Bank and 29% in Gaza Strip).  While the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who used the computer from any location was 26% in Palestine (25% in the West Bank and 28% in Gaza Strip).

The results also showed that the percentage of households with children (10-17 years old) who are currently enrolled in education and who have a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) is 44% in Palestine (50% in the West Bank and 36% in Gaza Strip), while the percentage of households with individuals (18-24 years old) who are currently enrolled in education and who have a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) is 60% in Palestine (63% in the West Bank and 55% in the Gaza Strip).

About 80% of the Palestinian households have access to internet at their homes

The results of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that 80% of the households in Palestine have internet access at home in 2019 (84% in the West Bank and 73% in Gaza Strip).  The results also showed that there is no significant gap on the availability of internet line among Palestinian households between urban and rural areas, where the percentage reached 80% in urban areas and 81% in rural areas, while it reached 75% in camps.

Moreover, the results showed that the percentage of households with children (10-17 years old) who are currently enrolled in education and who have internet access at home is 86% in Palestine (91% in the West Bank and 78% in Gaza Strip).  While the percentage of households with individuals (18-24 years old) who are currently enrolled in education and have internet service at home is 93% in Palestine (96% in the West Bank and 89% in Gaza Strip).

Moreover, the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who used the internet from anywhere reached 71% in Palestine (74% in the West Bank and 65% in Gaza Strip).  Also, data showed that the percentage of male internet users reached 72% compared to 69% of females. It is noted that 96% of individuals (10 years and above) used the internet via a Smartphone, whereas the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who used the internet via a computer (desktop or laptop) is about 22% and 10% used the internet through a tablet.  Furthermore, results showed that the highest percentage of those who use the internet are young people in the age group (18-29) with a percentage of (86%).

Additionally, the survey results showed that the percentage of individuals (10 years and above) who use social or professional networks in Palestine reached 86% (90% in the West Bank and 79% in Gaza Strip).

A large gap exists beween female-headed households and male-headed households in terms of the availability of ICT tools

Data of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that 38% of female-headed households do not have a Smartphone compared to 11% of the households headed by males, where their individuals do not have a Smartphone in Palestine. 

The survey data also showed that there is a large gap between female-headed households compared to male-headed households in the availability of a computer, as the percentage of female-headed households that have a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) reached 19% compared to 35% for households headed by males in Palestine. Also, the results showed that 45% of female-headed households do not have internet access at home compared to 17% of male-headed households who do not have internet access at home.

About 73% of individuals (10 years and above) have basic ICT skills

The data of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that about 73% of individuals (10 years and above) in Palestine, who used the computer, have basic skills such as copying files, folders or using copying and pasting tools, in addition to sending emails with attachments.  46% of individuals (10 years and above), who used the computer, have standard skills such as installing or configuring software or using computational formulas on spreadsheets.

About 8% of Internet Users Purchased Goods or Services Online

The results of the Household Survey on Information and Communications Technology, 2019 showed that 8% of internet users purchased goods or services online in Palestine (9% in the West Bank and 6% in Gaza Strip).  As for the type of good or service purchased online, the survey results showed that 63% of individuals (18 years and above), who purchased goods or services via the internet, bought clothes, shoes, sportswear or accessories, followed by cosmetics with a percentage of 22%, followed by household goods (for example, furniture, toys...etc; excluding consumer electronic products) by 20%.

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