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Brazil has an average of nine computers for every ten people, says study by FGV

According to Meirelles, computer sales may increase this year due to the greater use of the device to work at home

According to Meirelles, computer sales may increase this year due to the greater use of the device to work at home

Brazil already has an average of nine computers for every 10 inhabitants in the country, according to the 31 Annual Survey of Administration and Use of Information Technology in Companies, carried out by Getlio Vargas Foundation of So Paulo (FGV-SP) It is released this Wednesday, 4. In total, there are 190 million active computers across the country, although the proportion of these devices among people is uneven.

Led by Professor Fernando Meirelles, the study analyzes the behavior of consumer electronics in the country throughout the year and, in 2019, revealed that, despite the increase in the number of computers 10 million more than last year, sales are decreasing. In 2018, 12.4 million computers were sold in Brazil, while last year there were 12 million, a drop that represents 3% in the market.

According to Meirelles, computer sales may increase this year due to the greater use of the device to work at home as a result of the isolation period caused by the coronavirus. For the researcher, however, it is still difficult to predict market movement.

Regarding smartphones, Brazil continues to sell an average of four cell phones for each TV. The trend of not exceeding two cell phones per inhabitant, already observed last year, remains. Compared to 2018, the number of smartphones registered a small increase, from 230 million to 234 million. Among the portable mobile devices, notebooks and tablets are already 342 million in the country, or 1.6 devices per person.

The study also revealed that Brazil still has two digital devices per inhabitant, including smartphones, computers, notebooks and tablets. Among the active devices, there are 424 million across the country.

In 2019 numbers, Brazil remains above the global average in the consumption of smartphones, TVs and computers, but behind the United States, which registers more than one device per person in all aspects.

For 2020, Meirelles' bets are on anticipating the acceleration of technologies and devices, which may increase the annual sales figures. The digital transformation will be anticipated and accelerated this year. Companies are collaborating with this to provide material for remote work. We will see an acceleration in technology for years to come. Distance education and work will leave permanent marks. This will all change the use of technology in the short term.

* intern, supervised by editor Bruno Capelas