Mexico's Internet users soar to 49 mn

Mexico City, Nov 27 (EFE).- The number of Internet users in Mexico soared 12.5 percent, compared to the previous year, to 49 million in 2013, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Wednesday.

Some 30.7 percent of Mexico's households are connected to the Internet, up 20.6 percent from the 2012 survey, the INEGI said.

There are notable differences in Internet access, however, by region, the statistics agency said.

While the northern border states, the Federal District and Quintana Roo have 44 percent of households, on average, connected to the Internet, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and Michoacan barely have 15.7 percent of households with the ability to go online.

Those in the 12-34 age group are the biggest users of the Internet in Mexico, a country of 118 million.

About 62.6 percent of people in this demographic segment are connected to the Internet, with many of them using mobile devices to go online, the INEGI said.

The main uses of the Internet are searching for information (64.3 percent); sending e-mails and text messages (42.1 percent); entertainment (36.2 percent); doing schoolwork (35.1 percent); and accessing social networks (35.1 percent).

Only 1.7 percent of respondents in the INEGI survey said they used the Internet for online banking and 1.3 percent said they went on the Web to do business with the government.

A total of 49.4 million people in Mexico use the Internet, according to the INEGI survey done in April.

Some 11.1 million households, or 35.8 percent of the total in Mexico, have computers, up 13.3 percent from last year's level.

Just 25.8 percent of households have digital televisions, while 69 percent still use analog TV sets, the INEGI said.