The Southern Cone and Panama top most categories in our index. Cuba ranks better than many Central American countries in internet and PC penetration.
Uruguay returned to the top of the Latin Technology Index this year, replacing Panama as the most technologically connected country in Latin America. Uruguay leads the region in fixed line telephone and broadband connectivity, and ranks second for wireless telephone and personal computer usage. This is the eighth annual index published by Latin Business Chronicle.
The Latin Technology Index offers a comparative assessment of the connectivity rates of Latin American countriesby looking at the penetration rates of Internet, broadband Internet, personal computers (PCs), wireless subscribers and fixed telephone lines. The data comes from International Telecommunications Union, the Computer Industry Almanac, and past editions of the Latin Technology Index from Latin Business Chronicle.
Uruguay’s return to number 1 owes to strong growth especially in the penetration of internet, which increased from 43.4 percent in 2010 (the last time the index was published) to 55.1 percent this year. Broadband also grew from 11.4 percent in 2010 to 16.6 percent in 2012. The country also saw improvements in its wireless penetration: while 131.7 percent had wireless subscriptions in 2010, that number has now grown to 147.3 percent.
But Panama still remains far and away the most cellphone-happy country in the region: penetration ranks at 186.7 …
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