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Number of Internet users up 1.7% in Taiwan, poll finds

RISING STEADILY Sixty-six percent of survey respondents in northern Taiwan said they use the Internet. In Taipei, the figure was 73.6 percent

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The number of Internet users nationwide reached 14.76 million last year, an increase of 1.7 percent over the previous year, the Institute for Information Industry (III) said yesterday.

The institute based its estimate on a survey it conducted last August that found that 64.4 percent of Taiwan's population had access to the Internet, up 0.6 percentage points from the previous year.

Internet use is more common among residents in the north of the country than in other parts, the institute said.

Sixty-six percent of survey respondents in northern Taiwan said they use the Internet. In Taipei City, the figure jumped to 73.6 percent of residents, the institute said.

The majority, or 88.2 percent of users, said they usually surf the Internet at home, while 33.7 percent of users said they use the Web at the office, and 25.5 percent at schools, universities or research centers.

Less than 16 percent of the respondents said they used the Internet at cafes and other public places with Internet access.

Respondents who surf the Internet at home used the Web an average of 21.8 days per month, surfing on average 16 hours per week.

Forty-three percent of home Internet users were classified as "heavy users" who use the Web more than two hours per day, while 31.9 percent were "light users," online no more than one hour per day.

The survey, carried out between Aug. 4 and Aug. 23, was one part of a project to research trends in the use of broadband, mobile and wireless services last year.

A total of 2,751 households responded to the survey.

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