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Internet Usage Statistics:
66,557 Internet users as of December 31, 2013;
95.3% of the population, according to ITU.




Bermuda (aka, The Bermuda Islands, alias The Somers Isles) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the North Atlantic Ocean, situated around 600 miles (975 km) off the coast of the United States. Although commonly referred to in the singular, it consists of around 138 islands. Bermuda enjoys the highest per capita income in the world, more than 50% higher than that of the US. Its economy is primarily based on providing financial services for international business and luxury facilities for tourists.



Latest Population Estimate:
69,839 population for 2014, according to US Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita (historic) was US$ 66,390 for 2012, according to the World Bank.

Bermuda Land Size (Area):
Bermuda has 53 sq km ( 20.6 square miles) - Population Density is 1,318 persons per sq km.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:

YEAR

Population

Users

% Penet.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source

2000

63,500

25,000

39.2 %

US$ 53,735

ITU

2003

63,849

34,500

54.0 %

US$ 58,575

CIA

2005

64,211

39,000

60.7 %

US$ 64,749

ITU

2006

64,574

42,000

65.0 %

US$ 64,749

ITU

2008

66,536

48,000

72.1 %

US$ 64,749

ITU

2012

69,080

61,025

88.3 %

US$ 104,590

ITU

2013

69,839

66,557

95.3 %

US$ 104,610

ITU

Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Bermuda Official Statistics Page

Bermuda Department of Statistics

Search Engines and Directories
Bermuda Global Search Engines

Bermuda Local Search Engines

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Bermuda Profile

Bermuda in the Wikipedia
Bermuda history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.


Bermuda in the CIA Factbook
Bermuda information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.


BBC Bermuda Profile
Up to date resume about country leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Bermuda e-Government Page
The Government of Bermuda portal, with many useful links.


Telecommunications Reports for Bermuda

Caribbean Telecommunications Market Reports - Anguilla to Bermuda
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados and Bermuda. It includes information about fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents


Caribbean Telecoms Market Insights and Statistics
The telecoms markets in most Caribbean countries have been progressively liberalised, with operators in these markets able to offer a full range of telecom services. Telecom services remain one of the Caribbean's major growth industries, particularly in the mobile telephony and data sectors.
See report table of contents

Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in Bermuda Review

Bermuda's internet costs fell sharply in 2004 and 2005 to date, which was most welcome news to all local home and business consumers, newcomers, tourism accommodations and international businesses. In addition, there are a number of Internet Cafes.

Bermuda does not follow the UK methodology of allowing free Internet access at libraries and local or regional Council offices. Nor does it offer free or nominal cost Broadband (DSL) access from the Bermuda Government's Department of Tourism offices or Visitor Service Centers in the City of Hamilton or Town of St. George.

AOL and similar are not allowed in Bermuda as they are in other countries. This is because Local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must be Bermudian companies (in other words, at least 60% beneficially Bermudian owned, directed and managed).

The projected costs of DSL broadband in Bermuda are between $29.95 for 128K and $99.95 for 512K. Dial-up is about $19.95, it is however slow (under 56K) and difficult to access.

There are several factors limiting Bermuda's effectiveness as an electronic commerce. Protectionism legislation, of the type not found anywhere else in the developed business and commerce world, makes Bermuda's international e-commerce scenario speculative in attraction. Presently - and this is not likely to change - local laws do not allow foreign corporations to own more than 40 percent of a local business (one trading in the local market place). Overseas based organizations with huge bulk purchasing power elsewhere and no controls (like Bermuda has) are not permitted to own local outlets.

For Bermuda does not yet offer adequate intellectual property protection. Bermuda still has 1950's law, not good enough to offer the kind of legislation and protection corporate clients of today need. Laws in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, etc. are much more modern and businesslike for the electronic age. The Bermuda Government has import duties (averaging 27.5 percent and up) levied by the Government on computers, modems, peripherals, routers and all other relevant electronics. They are the highest in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to Customs Duties are Air freight, wharfage and Air Terminal fees. Thus the retail cost in Bermuda of a new 3.4 GHz computer with 1 G DDR RAM and a 17" LCD Flat Panel Display is hugely more than in the USA and double that of the UK. Another factor is the very high Cost of Living.


Bermuda's internet costs have fallen sharply recently, in response to irate consumers at home and abroad. Major improvements have been made to the cost of Internet access for small or home-based businesses. At long last, the cost of basic (128K) broadband internet access is now less than $30 - similar to the cost in "the real world." This was most welcome news to all local home and business consumers, newcomers, tourism accommodations and international businesses.

Other ways in which Bermuda is responding to consumer demand for high speed Internet access include the establishment of

* A number of privately owned Internet Cafes

* A Bermuda Government operated community portal program aimed at senior citizens, in community centres.

* A Bermuda Government operated recycled PC program, for seniors in government owned Parish Rest (care) homes.

* An Internet Access in Public Places initiative, such as in Post Offices, libraries and other public buildings, following the UK methodology.




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