Chile leads broad band penetration in Latin America
According to the ranking, which measured the number of persons with access to high-speed connectivity in the region, Chile outshines other countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Broadband connections currently amount to 28 million throughout Latin America
Chile is in the lead with regard to high-speed internet connectivity in Latin America. According to a study conducted by the market consulting company DatosClaros, the country has 31.1% of people connected to broad band, the highest percentage in the region.
In terms of the adoption of this technology, Chile outperforms other economies such as Brazil, with 20.5% connectivity, and even Argentina, which has 30% broadband penetration.
These are followed by other Latin American countries such as Mexico, with 15.1%, and Colombia, with 11.5%.
Broadband connections currently amount to 28 million throughout Latin America, but according to the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) company Analysys Mason, a new wave of growth of this technology is predicted for the continent during the 2009-2014 period.
Analysys Mason also estimates that the penetration of this type of connectivity will multiply fivefold over the next few years, representing a 500% increase in the region.
High-speed internet development does not only involve improved telecommunications but also has a strong social impact, by providing equal opportunities and thus fostering social inclusion.