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Concepts and definitions


Broadband means a telecommunications connection with a capacity of at least 256 Kbps.

In the statistics on the use of information technology in enterprises, broadband has in practice been defined through the type of technology used in the connection as either DSL (e.g. ADSL) or other broadband connection (faster than a traditional telephone modem or ISDN).


An e-invoice is an electronic invoice constructed according to a generally used message format, whose data can be handled and interpreted automatically. E-invoices are transmitted via a telecommunications service provider or a bank. E.g, Finvoice, eInvoice, TEAPPSXML, PostiXML.

E-mail invoice

An e-mail invoice is an invoice sent as a pdf-file attached to an e-mail.


EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is a procedure by which information located in an enterprise's data system is used to produce a specified data flow that is transmitted electronically to a receiving enterprise, where it is directly incorporated into the data system (e.g. order, payment order for invoice, price list or product catalogue).

EDI commerce

EDI commerce is electronic commerce that takes place between enterprises through the medium of EDI.

EDI invoice

An EDI invoice is an electronic invoice in machine code according to the EDI structure standards. EDI invoices are often sent via a telecommunications service provider.

Electronic invoice

An electronic invoice is an invoice transmitted in electronic form: an EDI invoice, an e-invoice, an e-mail invoice or some other electronic invoice. Payments entered by a customer into an online banking system or direct debit are not electronic invoices.


Private network service linking an enterprise and customer or business partner and based on Internet technology.


A homepage here is defined as an enterprise's own Internet homepages or its section in the homepages of a group. Homepages do not refer for example to publication of an enterprise's contact details on various company and address lists.

IT professional

An IT professional refers to a person with the capability to specify, design, develop, install, use, support, maintain, administer, assess or research information technology or information systems. Information technology is his/her main economic activity.

IT user skills

IT user skills refer to the ability to use efficiently the provided software, such as office programs or other programs required in the work concerned.

Work requiring IT user skill refers to work in the performing of which information technology is an important tool and is used intensively daily.

Internet sales

Internet sales are communication between a person and a data system. Online shopping as defined here means an order placed by completing and sending a ready-made electronic form on the Internet and shopping in actual Internet shops. Orders placed by a standard email message are not defined as online shopping. Purchases made on an extranet subject to the same conditions are also counted as Internet sales.


A network service based on Internet technology, limited to and reserved for the use of an enterprise's staff.

Online shopping

Online shopping is the ordering of goods and services via a computer network, regardless of payment or delivery method.

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Use of information technology in enterprises [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3234. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 19.4.2024].
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