The Survey on the use of ICTs and e-commerce in companies is a survey integrated in the EU's statistical plans to analyse the Information Society. The objective of the survey is to collect the information needed to measure the use of Information and Communications Technologies and e-commerce in companies in the Member States.
This research analyses the implementation and use of information technologies
in companies in the manufacturing industry; dedicated to production
and distribution of energy, gas and water; construction; trade;
accommodation; transport and communications; renting and business
services, and cinema, radio or television activities.
Sample and data collection
The Survey on the use of ICTs and e-commerce in companies is
performed using a sample of 26,000 companies (15,000 with 10 or
more employees and 11,000 with less than 10 employees) located
in the national territory.
The population framework of the survey is the Central Companies Directory (CCD); a register with identification, localisation, territorial distribution and data and classification by size and economic activity of company type units.
E-commerce comprises transactions performed using telematic networks, such as the Internet or EDI. Goods and services are procured via these networks, but the payment or dispatch of the good or service may be performed using this channel or others. Orders made by telephone, fax or conventional email are not considered electronic commerce.