ECLAC: Internet is “extremely expensive” in Latin America
As many already suspected, ECLAC confirmed by a study that the prices of broadband in Latin America are much more expensive than it costs to access this service in Europe. The entity makes an estimated annual average cost for a connection of 1 Mbps broadband fixed in relation to GDP per capita monthly average. That is, it makes an average cost of connection and compared with the available budget of a person in a month.
The highest ranking of countries is then as follows:
- Bolivia: The most expensive of all, where 1 Mbps costs $ 90, over 50% of monthly GDP per capita. The connection also is very slow .
- Paraguay: USD $ 20.23 for 1 Mbps (8.55% of GDP per capita)
- Peru: USD $ 23.36 (5.19% of GDP per capita)
- El Salvador: USD $ 14.16 (4.96% of GDP per capita)
- Ecuador: USD $ 13.99 (4.19% of GDP per capita)
- Colombia: USD $ 21.49 (4.14% of GDP per capita)
- Venezuela: USD $ 32.68 (2.89% of GDP per capita)
- Costa Rica: USD $ 14.61 (2.28% of GDP per capita)
- Argentina: USD $ 15.59 (2.05% of GDP per capita)
- Brazil: USD $ 17.89 (2.00% of GDP per capita)
- Mexico: USD $ 13.42 (1.77% of GDP per capita)
- Panama: USD $ 10.23 (1.62% of GDP per capita)
- Chile: USD $ 13.32 (1.29% of GDP per capita)
- Uruguay: USD $ 12.31 (1.23% of GDP per capita)
By way of comparison, in Spain 1 Mbps costs $ 4.53 (0.18% of GDP per capita), Italy U.S. $ 4.56 (0.16%) and France USD $ 2.07 (0.06%) .
The reason for the technological gap still remains mainly because the region is not developed the amount of infrastructure needed to connect to the Internet. Although there are plans to install, for example, a fiber optic ring in South America , which would improve Connectivity in the area, that still does not exist and to send data from Chile to Brazil is necessary to make a connection to Miami.
In the case of Bolivia and some other countries, there is also the problem that have no direct access to submarine cables, having to connect to them through terrestrial cables, which are not necessarily the best (in many cases do not invest in optical fiber).
The connections within countries are not the best, considering it is expensive to install fiber optics to reach remote locations where there are not many users.
For now is expected to materialize the proposed fiber optic ring in UNASUR, and that governments do their part to remedy this gap.
Link: Why is Internet so expensive in Latin America (BBC World)Tags: Broad Band, Connectivity, Internet, Latin America, Optical fiber