Computer

Definition

A programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve and process data, as well as share information in a highly-structured manner. It performs high-speed mathematical or logical operations according to a set of instructions or algorithms. Computers include the following types: - A desktop computer usually remains fixed in one place; normally the user is placed in front of it, behind the keyboard; - A laptop computer is small enough to carry and usually enables the same tasks as a desktop computer; it includes notebooks and netbooks but does not include tablets and similar handheld devices; and - A tablet (or similar handheld computer) is a computer that is integrated into a flat touch screen, operated by touching the screen rather than using a physical keyboard.

Data source

Statistical unit of the Ministry of Education or, alternatively, national statistical office.

Source definition

Adapted from Revisions and Additions to the Core List of ICT Indicators – Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.