Wireless usage jumps 13%

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Jan 01, 2014 - Page 14

Wireless Internet usage in Taiwan jumped about 13 percent annually in the six-month period through September, with mobile phones overtaking laptop computers as the main device used to connect to the Web, an annual survey conducted by the Taiwan Network Information Center showed yesterday.

As many as 60.26 percent of Taiwanese surfed the Internet via wireless technology during the April-to-September period, the survey showed. No comparative figures were provided by the center.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they surfed the Internet wirelessly via handsets, while 36 percent used their laptops after a three-year decline from 74 percent in 2011, the survey found.

More than 91 percent of mobile phone users in the survey said they surfed the Web on smartphones, the survey showed.

“High portability and affordability have helped make smartphones the main mobile device used to connect to the Internet wirelessly,” the center said in the survey.

About 62 percent of smartphone and tablet users had devices that ran on Google Inc’s Android operating system, up 15.1 percentage points annually, while Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, which run iOS, made up 18.32 percent, down 11.25 percentage points annually, the survey showed.

Gartner Inc found that Android-powered smartphones made up 82 percent of worldwide shipments — 250 million units last quarter — up from 72 percent a year ago, while iPhones had a 12 percent share, down from 14.3 percent.

Fifty-four percent of wireless-Internet users surfed the net every day during the three-month period ending September, up 15.54 percentage points from the same period last year, the survey said.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 4 to Sept. 21 by telephone, the center said.

The organization said it collected 1,083 valid responses from respondents aged 13 years or older.