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Indicator name

17.8.1. Proportion of individuals using the Internet

Target name

Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

  1. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Geographical coverage

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Unit of measurement

В процентах среди населения в возрасте 15 лет и старше


Under this indicator, proportion of individuals using the Internet is defined as the proportion of individuals who used the Internet from any location in the last three months to the total number of respondents (individuals over 15).


The Internet is a worldwide public computer network. It provides access to a number of communication services including the World Wide Web and carries e-mail, news, entertainment and data files, irrespective of the device used (not assumed to be only via a computer - it may also be by mobile telephone, tablet, PDA, games machine, digital TV etc.). Access can be via a fixed or mobile network.

Rationale and interpretation

The Internet has become an increasingly important tool to access public information, which is a relevant means to protect fundamental freedoms. The number of Internet users has increased substantially over the last decade and access to the Internet has changed the way people live, communicate, work and do business. Internet uptake is a key indicator tracked by policy makers and others to measure the development of the information society and the growth of Internet content – including user-generated content – provides access to increasing amounts of information and services. Despite growth in networks, services and applications, information and communication technology (ICT) access and use is still far from equally distributed, and many people cannot yet benefit from the potential of the Internet. This indicator highlights the importance of Internet use as a development enabler and helps to measure the digital divide, which, if not properly addressed, will aggravate inequalities in all development domains. This information can contribute to the design of targeted policies to overcome those divides. The proportion of individuals using the Internet is an established indicator and also one of the three ICTrelated Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators (for Target 8F). It is part of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’s Core List of Indicators, which has been endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission (last time in 2014). It is also included in the ITU ICT Development Index, and thus considered a key metric for international comparisons of ICT developments.

Method of computation
Comments and limitations
Quality assurance
Data availability and gaps

By area (oblast), urban/rural area, sex, age and education.

Comparability with international data/standards
References and documentation

The Kyrgyz Republic SDG National Reporting Platform: Link to the global metadata platform:

Data sources

Integrated Household Survey in the Kyrgyz Republic under the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Data collection methods

To calculate this indicator, data in the quarterly questionnaire No. 1 Household Control Card, and annual questionnaire No. 2 Socio-demographic Profile of Household Members (section 4 Knowledge and Skills of Household Members) are used. Observation method - random household survey. The subject of statistical observation includes individual characteristics of household members. Observation units are household members above 15 years.

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The National Statistical Committee(Household Statistics Division)

Contact person(s)/focal point

Y. I. Kalymbetova

Contact person's email

Contact person's phone

(0312) 32-46-55

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