Rural communities in Brazil are seeing an increase in Internet usage

Fast connections and computers are still insufficient in rural regions, despite an increase in Internet users since the epidemic, according to a recent poll conducted by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

Brazilians’ access to and usage of information and communication technology (ICT) is examined in a study conducted by NIC.br’s Regional Center for Studies for the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br). A study found that the percentage of people aged 10 and over who access the Internet in distant areas of Brazil increased from 53 percent in 2019 to 73 percent in 2021.

Older 148 million people aged 10 and over are expected to have accessed the Internet in the previous three months in 2021, according to new study. In comparison to 2019, the percentage of network users in the North (83%), South (83%), and Northeast (78%) all increased significantly.

According to the poll, rural Brazilian households are also more connected to the Internet. There was a 20-percentage-point rise in the number of households in these locations having network connectivity between 2019 and 2021 (pre-pandemic timeframe).

61% of homes with internet access have a cable or optical fibre connection as their main mode of connectivity. In the North and Northeast, cable or fiber-optic connections have a lower penetration than in the rest of the nation (53% and 53%, respectively) (54 percent ). A greater proportion of households in the North utilise mobile networks as their main mode of Internet access (33 percent ).

“Internet connection is critical in the context of the COVID-19 emergency, particularly in light of the increasing use of remote work and education. The poll supports this. Internet access and usage have increased in rural regions, particularly since the health crisis, compared to pre-crisis levels “Cetic.br manager Alexandre Barbosa made the comments.

Data obtained in 2019 shows that the number of homes with an Internet connection has risen across all socioeconomic levels. The expansion was most pronounced in the lowest parts of the population (61 percent , an increase of 11 percentage points). The gap between the richest and poorest families has narrowed over the last several years, from an 85 percentage point deficit in 2015 to 39 percentage points in 2021.

Another study found that 39 percent of homes have at least one computer, which is the same percentage as was found in 2019. Despite the fact that computer ownership remained stable among the richest families (99 percent) and the upper middle class (83 percent), computer ownership fell from 14 percent in 2019 to 10 percent in 2021 among the poorest households. In rural regions, just 20% of homes have a computer, compared to 70% in metropolitan ones (42 percent ).

The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee recently conducted a survey that indicated that the majority of Brazilians solely use their cellphones to access the internet.

More than half of the country’s online population does not have a personal computer, limiting their ability to engage in activities like online education.