Government E-Commerce Involvements
This page was last updated on 6 August 2019.
The Government has directly supported the establishment of e-commerce hosting centres by the two long-distance telecommunication companies which operate on the island, Cable and Wireless, and TeleBermuda International. The government has also created the Bermuda Commercial Digital Certification Authority.
The Telecommunications Ministry charges BM$10,000 per application for a cryptographic service provider (CSP) approval, to cover the costs of expert investigation into each applicant.
According to the study, published in 2008, the overall adoption rate of telecommunication devices continues to be high. Similar results were shown in the study for 2009.
On the corporate side, nearly all Bermudian companies surveyed have computers. All firms have internet access with a high-speed connection, however T1 lines or greater accounted for just 24%. 58% of employees are considered to be competent or skilled at using computers, up 5% from 2007. Corporate cell phone and mobile device ownership continued to show an increase from 75% in 2007, to 85% in 2008 and 87% in 2009. Companies tended to own more mobile devices in 2009, from 63% in 2008 to 78%.
90% of Bermudian households own a computer, this figure had risen to 93% in 2010. The vast majority (89%) of households access the internet, and similar to the last two year’s results, out of those that have internet access 85% (89% by 2010) have a high speed internet connection (DSL, Cable or wireless). In 2009, 94% of Bermudian households owned a cell phone and in 2010, residents owned a larger proportion of mobile devices such as Blackberries, increasing from 16% in 2007 to 32% in 2008, 55% in 2009 and 76% in 2010.
Regarding residents’ online habits, consistent with 2008, the most regularly used online activities include using search engines, using Government websites, online banking and bill paying, looking for travel information, and researching products or services and online shopping.