Internet

Definition

The Internet is a worldwide interconnected 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 (i.e. not assumed to be only via a computer) and thus can also be accessed by mobile telephone, tablet, PDA, gaming machine, digital TV etc.). Access can be via a fixed or mobile network and include the following: - Fixed narrowband Internet includes analogue modem (dial-up via standard phone line), ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) at advertised download speeds below 256kbit/s (kilobits per second), and other forms of access with an advertised download speed of less than 256 Kbit/s; - Fixed broadband Internet refers to technologies at advertised download speeds of at least 256 Kbit/s such as DSL, cable modem, high speed leased lines, fibre-to-the-home/ building, powerline and other fixed broadband including terrestrial fixed broadband network such as WiMAX and fixed CDMA, and satellite broadband network (via a satellite connection); and - Mobile broadband Internet includes technologies at least 3G, e.g. UMTS via a handset or via a card (e.g. integrated SIM card in a computer) or USB modem; mobile broadband via privately-owned mobile phone networks is excluded.

Data source

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

Source definition

UIS Guide to measuring information and communication technologies (ICT) in education.