Internet Access Increased in 2020 in Brazil

Inequality persists despite the index, shows survey

São Paulo

Internet access in Brazilian homes grew in 2020 and the rate reached 83%, driven by the increase among the poorest. This is according to a survey, TIC Households, released on Wednesday (18) by the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society.

The residential internet has grown since 2014 and has reached 100% for classes A and B. In classes C and D/E, the proportion is 91% and 64%, respectively, with increases of 10 and 14 percentage points compared to 2019.

Despite the acceleration of use driven by the pandemic, indicators show that digital inequality remains in Brazil.

The price of internet plans, for example, is cited as the main barrier to access the network. The number of poorer users who connect only by cell phone is also high.

The survey shows that the number of homes with a computer grew (they are 45%), reversing a declining trend. The rate is only 13% in class D/E and 50% in class C. In rural areas, at the rear of access, 17% of homes have a computer.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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