Southern Cone Leads Tech Index
Tigo-Colombia

15th July 2014

Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile are Latin America’s most plugged in countries, with high rates of mobile, broadband, and PC usage.
The Southern Cone nations of Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile take up the top 3 places in Latin Trade Business Intelligence’s latest Technology Index, which measures the region’s connectivity based on the penetration of wireless and fixed line telephony, internet, broadband, and computer usage for each country. The three countries – which are also among the region’s best-off in terms of GDP per capita – far exceed the regional average (20.01), with scores of 30.65 (Uruguay), 28.74 (Argentina), and 27.34 (Chile).
The countries place particularly well in internet – especially broadband – penetration, as well as PC usage. Uruguay leads the region in broadband connectivity with 21.1% of the population having access, while numbers in Argentina and Chile were 13.9% and 12.3%. PC usage is also high in these countries: Chile leads in that category, with 42.2% of Chileans having access to a PC, compared with 41.9% in Uruguay, and 31.3% in Argentina. Argentina and Uruguay also have the region’s second and third highest mobile telephone penetration – with 159% in Argentina, and 154.6% in Uruguay (following 163% in Panama). Chile comes in eighth place in that category with 134.3%.
At the other end of the scale, Cuba comes in last place with a score of 6.86 – no surprise given the country’s authoritarian government that limits access to the internet and …

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