70% of Macedonians Never Used Internet
It is inevitable to develop strategy in order Macedonia to escape from the bottom of internet usage, experts warn. According to some research 70% of the population never used internet services, and only 6% are doing it in regular bases
It is inevitable to develop strategy in order Macedonia to escape from the bottom of internet usage, experts warn. According to some research 70% of the population never used internet services, and only 6% are doing it in regular bases.
Experts think that this is due to the high price of the impulse dictated by the Telecom’s monopoly, insufficient websites with content in Macedonian and lacking of awareness about what the internet can be used for.
“Despite the National strategy for development of information society was passed, and despite all the promises, we are stagnating in this area. We do not have benefit from the status quo situation,” said Metodija Janchevski, Institute of Informatics.
Internet is still a privilege in Macedonia. 70% of the internet users are companies, and only 26% of the citizens that own computer connect to internet at home.
Neither the state institutions use internet as information service for the citizens. Internet is still generally used for fun and communication.
“If people can pay taxes or obtain relevant information or everything that could be useful, people would use internet more often,” said Filip Stojanovski, Foundation Metamorphosis.
“If you visit websites of the certain state institutions you will notice that the information are not up-to-date, i.e. there are still information about the previous government,” added Janchevski.
What experts suggest in order to increase the number of internet users?
“Approximation of the current infrastructure, decrease of the prices, decrease of the tax for this type of service and to what extent is in the country’s interest,” said Marta Arsovska, Unet.
Experts are unanimous that the liberalization of the telecommunication market, following the example of the world leaders of internet usage, is the most important for increase the number of internet users.