This is the first year the Dominican Republic is included in the index. Other new entries include Cuba and Haiti, which ended up in the last and second-last spots on the Latin Technology Index. Cuba has Latin America's lowest Internet, broadband and wireless penetration rates and the region's sixth-lowest PC and fixed telephony rates.
Chile again tops the list, thanks to having Latin America's highest Internet and broadband penetration, the second-highest wireless telephony penetration, the third-highest PC penetration and the fifth-highest fixed telephony penetration.
Measured by trade or economic groups, Mercosur has the highest technology level, while ALBA has the lowest. The average score for the four Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is 11.52 points. The Andean Community (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru) follows, with 7.98 points, with CAFTA (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) closely behind. ALBA (Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela) only managed an average score of 5.46.