In celebration of the World Information Society Day, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a statement regarding the current local status of communication technology.
The press release aimed at focusing on the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT); meanwhile, it also monitored the evident increase in general awareness regarding the benefits of ICT.
The World Information Society Day is celebrated on 17 May of each year on the occasion of the establishment the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The global day was adopted by the UN General Assembly in March 2006.
Through this annual day, the ITU identifies big data and the conversion of this data efficiently in order to contribute to development. This year, the celebration is held under the main theme of “big data to make a big impact.”
Furthermore, the statement elaborated on a few significant figures, including the remarkable increase in terms of the number of households with computers. According to the report, the number has increased from 9.72 million in 2015 to 11.27 million in 2016.
On the other hand, the number of households with a mobile increased from 19.73 million in 2015 to 21.57 in 2016—an increase of 9.32%. The number of family members of internet users at home reached 27.06 million people in 2016, compared to 23.04 million people in 2015—an increase of 17.45%.
Furthermore, many other rates and numbers show increases. The number of internet users that depend on e-mail on a regular basis reached 22.14 million people in 2016, compared to 18.79 million people in 2015—an increase of 17.83%.