Internet users in Indonesia are increasing from year to year

Jakarta (Antara) –
The COVID-19 pandemic is known to have forced Indonesians to use the internet to help with their daily activities.

This fact is reinforced by the results of the Indonesian Internet Survey 2021-2022 (Q1) from the Association of Indonesian Internet Service Providers (APJII), indicating the presence of additional Internet users and changes in Internet behavior in the country due to the pandemic.

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Based on the latest survey, the number of Internet users in Indonesia is 210,026,769 out of the total population of Indonesia in 2021, which is 272,682,600 people.

The Internet penetration rate among the population was 77.02 percent. This number continues to increase compared to previous years. In 2018, Internet penetration in Indonesia was 64.80%.

For 2019-2021, the number increased to 73.70 percent.

Out of 77.02 percent, Java Island contributed to the largest internet penetration, nearly half, i.e. 43.92 percent. The second contribution came from Sumatra, which is 16.63 percent, followed by Sulawesi (5.53 percent), Kalimantan (4.88 percent) and Nusa Tenggara (2.71 percent).

Bali accounts for 1.17 percent of the total internet penetration in Indonesia, while Papua is 1.38 percent and finally Maluku is 0.81 percent.

The APJII conducted this survey on 7,568 respondents in 34 counties. Most of the respondents were between 19 and 34 years old (3,012 people) and 35-54 years old (3,009 people).

This survey also included respondents aged 13-18 (905 people) and 55 and over (641 people). This year, more respondents to the APJII survey were women (4,099) than men (3,468 people).

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Changing behavior during a pandemic
The APJII notes that there is a change in behavior with the Internet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When considered by age group, 76.63 percent of respondents between the ages of 13 and 18 answered that they have used the Internet more often since the pandemic.

As for the age group from 19 to 34 percent, who witnessed an increase in the frequency of Internet use, it amounted to 53.99 percent, while the age group from 35 to 54 years reached 47.91 percent.

The increase in internet use experienced by this age group is in line with the phenomenon of remote learning and working during the pandemic. Meanwhile, in the age group 55 and older, as many as 31.93 percent of participants experienced an increase in internet use.

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The APJII found that the reasons people use the Internet are to access instant messages and social media (98.02 percent), school or work from home (90.21 percent) and search for information or news (92.21 percent).

They also use the Internet to access public services (84.9 percent), transportation Online (76.47 percent), financial services (72.32 percent), transactions Online (79 percent), email (80.74 percent), and entertainment (77.25 percent).

This survey also found that there are still people who don’t use the internet, and most feel the stakes are expensive (45.16 percent) and don’t own a smartphone (44.8 percent).

They also said that there is no internet connection in their area (43.37 percent), they don’t know how to use the device (41.48 percent) and they feel unsafe in cyberspace (41.01 percent).

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Mobile vs. fixed broadband
From the survey provided by APJII, it was revealed that connecting to the Internet via cellular data is still the main option.

There are 77.64 percent of respondents who answered using the Internet cell phone. More than half of the respondents, 83.48 percent, used prepaid cards.

Meanwhile, those who use their internet connection at home, especially Wi-Fi, account for just 20.61 percent.

Other respondents use Wi-Fi in schools (0.61 percent) and Wi-Fi in public places (0.96 percent).

Internet use cell phone It can also be seen from the gadgets used, with up to 89.03 percent using mobile phones or tablets, while those using laptops or computers use 0.73 percent.

Respondents who used both 10.24 percent.

On average, users choose a cellular operator that has the strongest signal in their area of ​​residence (47.15 percent) and has internet package promotions (29.17 percent).

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Respondents using cellular internet data spend between Rs 5,001 to Rs 100,000 per month (46.80 percent) and Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 (38.31 percent). Those who pocketed Rs 100,001 to 250,000 per month accounted for 11.66 per cent.

Most respondents who subscribe fixed broadband Answer so that all family members can access the Internet. They also rate fixed broadband Cheaper and more stable connection.

When faced with many Internet providers, consider the consumer the most powerful provider of where to live and the price or promotion is attractive.

A total of 60.84 per cent of the respondents spend Rs 100,000 to Rs 300,000 per month to sign up fixed broadband. In addition, he spent 33.15 per cent of Rs 300,000 to Rs 500,000.

Maintain data security
In this latest survey, the APJII also highlights public exposure and behavior in relation to cybersecurity.

As many as 86.97 percent of respondents said they had never experienced a cyber security issue, while those who did had experience 13.03 percent.

In terms of maintaining data security, respondents change passwords regularly (23.98 percent), use hard-to-guess password combinations (23.29 percent) and be careful when an app requests personal data (23.78 percent).

In addition, there are respondents who do not know how to maintain data security (14.87 percent). Others use only verified apps (9.10 percent), install antivirus software (4.92 percent), use a screen lock pattern (0.04 percent) and create new accounts (0.02 percent), an APJII report said Friday.

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Reporter: Natisha Andarningtyas
Editor: Ida Nurcahyani
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