According to a report prepared by the Center for Latin American Studies of the Universidad de Navarra, Chile has taken the lead in terms of technological development in Latin America, followed by Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.
The Spanish university prepared an Information Society Indicator (ISI) in conjunction with the international consulting firm Everis. This ranked Chile in first place in Latin America, with 5.7 points out of a maximum of 10, obtained in particular thanks to the large-scale use of computers in the country.
Chile’s outcome signalled its best quarter of the past three years, with 379 computers per 1,000 inhabitants, 9.9% more than it had in the first quarter of 2009. In addition, total expenditure per inhabitant in Information and Communications Technologies rose by 19.2%, reaching US$ 442, higher than all the other countries in the region, but still lagging behind the United States, which invests US$ 3,283 per person.
The study also indicates that the country occupies second place in the use of cell phones, with 964 units per 1,000 inhabitants. This is only outperformed by Argentina (with 1,247 units per 1,000 inhabitants) but is above the average for Latin America (895 per 1,000 inhabitants).
Another indicator shows that online retail sales in Chile rose to US$ 107 per capita, i.e., 48.2% more than its previous score.
It should be noted that Chile’s technological progress has gone hand-in-hand with the mass use of the internet. This is highlighted in international rankings, placing Chile as the most interconnected economy of the region. This study confirms the results of the Ranking Connectivity Scorecard, a report that situates Chile as the country with the highest technological development in Latin America.