Chile named the most connected country in Latin America

The research highlights the high penetration of broadband and strong technological infrastructure of the country.

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A study by telecommunications company Nokia Siemens has concluded that Chile has the best connectivity in South America and the third best among 25 emerging economies.

The Connectivity Scorecard 2010 is designed to measure the useful application of technologies and information communication technologies (ICTs). It indicates the degree to which consumers, businesses and governments make proper use of these technologies to contribute to national development.

According to Nokia, Chile is one of the most mature telecoms markets in the region and a pioneer in new technologies. In December 2009, Chile became the first country in Latin America and the fifth in the world after Sweden, Norway, Japan and EU to test LTE (Long Term Evolution), the latest standard in the mobile network technology tree.

The general manager of Nokia Siemens Chile, Angelo Guerra, said that “Internet and broadband penetration rates in the country are among the highest in the region. This can be attributed to its relatively high GDP, openness to new technologies, and high competition in the broadband market.”

Expenses accrued by business in Chile for the use of communications technologies are relatively small compared to those in other emerging economies. The study also points out that business capacities, and the honing of skills within the private sector have developed more efficiently due to the country’s strong infrastructure.

Among developing economies ranked on the score card, Chile (score 6.06) was beaten only by Malaysia (7.14) and South Africa (6.18). Chile was followed by Argentina (5.90), Russia (5.82), Brazil (5.32), Turkey (5.09) , Mexico (5.00) and Colombia (4.76), with economies like Ukraine, Botswana and Thailand lower on the list.