Contribution to 2015 EU targets
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In January 2012 the penetration rate of fixed broadband is 20.4% of the population, up by 1.1 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year but still 7.3 percentage points (p.p.) below the EU average of 27.7%.
Latvia has 57.5% of fixed lines providing speeds of 10 Mbps and above. With regards to high and ultra fast speeds, 15.6% of lines provide speeds between 30Mbps and below 100Mbps and 15.4% of fixed lines provide speeds equal or above 100 Mbps. The percentage of lines above 30Mbps is 31%, 22.5 p.p. above the EU average rate of 8.5% of lines in this speed range.
Mobile broadband penetration is 29.7%, 13.4 p.p. below the EU average penetration level.
In 2011 66% of the population use the internet regularly (eg at least once a week), up 4 p.p. since 2010, and 1 p.p. below the EU average of 68%. With regards to disadvantaged people, the rate was 49%, 4 percentage points below the EU average of 53%.
27% of citizens have never used the internet, a reduction of 2 p.p. since 2010.
Take-up of eCommerce is low, with 20% of the population buying online, up 2 p.p. since 2010. 13.8% of businesses purchased online, and 9% sold online, while 13.7 and 8.8% of SMEs did so respectively.
The percentage of citizens using online public services in Latvia has increased slightly in 2011 to 41%, in line with EU27 average. However, the percentage of eGovernment users among the enterprises has seen the third largest increase in 2011 (+15 pp) ending a 89%, above the EU27 average (84%).
In 2009, business expenditure on R&D (BERD) in the ICT sectors amounted to 5.5 mio €, nearly unchanged from 5.7 mio € the year before, resulting in an unchanged R&D intensity of 0.7% of sectoral value added.
The share of ICT in total BERD is around EU average, at just below 20%, and public support for ICT R&D was a negligible share of total public funding for R&D, which itself amounted to only 0.23% of GDP, the third lowest in the EU.
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