Last updated: 23 Apr 2008 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 75
Analyst: Ian Wood
This report provides 180 statistical tables relating to Internet and broadband markets of 26 Latin American countries, and is extracted from the full annual market reports. For a full description, commentary, analysis and forecasting, see the original reports here.
Researcher:- Lucia Bibolini
Current publication date:- April 2008 (2nd Edition)
Next publication date:- April 2009
Internet user penetration in Central America and the Caribbean stands at roughly 18%, only just over a quarter of what it is in the USA and Canada. In South America, about 25% of the population uses the Internet. Challenges to Internet growth include poor fixed-line infrastructure, low PC penetration, and widespread poverty. On the positive side, the broadband market has been growing steadily in most countries, and there is considerable room for expansion. Although the situation varies considerably from country to country, the region as a whole is a fertile ground for broadband investment. WiMAX and triple play are becoming increasingly popular.
At the end of 2007, broadband subscribers in Latin America had grown to 19.4 million, a huge increase compared with 2.7 million in 2003. Nevertheless, in terms of penetration rate, the number of broadband lines per 100 inhabitants was only 3.4, considerably less than the world’s estimated 5.9 lines.
The poor uptake of broadband in the region can be attributed to several factors, the main one being the high prices charged by providers, which in many countries have a virtual monopoly in their areas of operation. Other factors include low PC penetration, insufficient fixed-line infrastructure, highly unequal income distribution, a lack of economies of scale, and regulatory hurdles.
Convergence offers promising prospects in Latin America, a continent with about 570 million people, a soaring broadband sector, low teledensity, relatively high TV penetration, and a growing VoIP market. VoIP has gained huge popularity in most countries throughout the region since it dramatically cuts the costs of long-distance calling. It has been combined with broadband services by a number of operators but, in a few markets, especially those that are not privatised and/or liberalised, governments have regulated VoIP or prohibited it altogether in an attempt to protect the incumbent.
This report provides 180 statistical tables relating to Internet and broadband markets of 26 Latin American countries, and is extracted from the full annual market reports. For a full description, commentary, analysis and forecasting, see the original reports.
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