KYIV (QHA) - The number of mobile Internet users in Ukraine grew to 12.6% in the first quarter of 2013, whereas the number of mobile communications users rose to 89%, according to a regular survey of the market for telecommunications services for individuals conducted by GfK Ukraine, the company's press service reported, according to Ukrinform. 
"In general, 12.6% of Ukrainians use mobile Internet compared to 10% in the same quarter of 2012. A total of 10.2% of Ukrainians use mobile Internet on their mobile phones or smartphones (for comparison, this figure was 6.9% in the first quarter of 2012)," reads the statement.
Men somewhat more actively use their mobile phones or smartphones to access the Internet (12.5% vs. 8.3% in women).
The age structure of mobile Internet users via mobile phones remains unchanged. Young people aged 16-19 years are the most active users: 37.7% of this age group access the Internet using a mobile phone or smartphone.
According to GfK Ukraine, this year 89% of Ukraine's population aged 16 and older used mobile communications. "This is 3 percentage points more than in the same period in 2012," the study shows.
The largest increase in the number of mobile communications users was reported in towns with a population of up to 50,000 residents - by 4.3 percentage points, to 91.2%. In addition, the number of people older than 60 years significantly increased, as the penetration rate grew by 5.5 percentage points, to 69.4%.
However, the largest increase in the number of mobile Internet users was reported in rural areas and small towns where wired Internet connection is much less accessible.
GfK Ukraine's survey is based on the data of regular monthly surveys. The number of respondents is 1,000. The survey was conducted by personal interview.
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