By: Ernesto Mendieta
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean published on September 2016 its report of “The State of Broadband in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016” (“The 2016 Report”).
The 2016 Report shows the important progress made in the region during the last five years in terms of access to Internet service and its affordability: 54.4% of the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean used the Internet in 2015, almost doubling the figure from 2010.
According to the 2016 Report, access to broadband connection increased sharply particularly in the mobile mode, which surged from 7% to 58% of the population between 2010 and 2015. In that same term, the number of mobile subscribers grew 802.5% while that of fixed connections rose 68.9%.
Despite the progress, the 2016 Report makes clear that there is still work to do. Problems persist in terms of quality and the equitableness of access to the Internet depending on geographic locations and socioeconomic situation. Nevertheless, the attractive market that represents Latin America and the Caribbean is growing faster than ever and becoming easier to connect with through the Internet.
More information about the report is available here.