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Internet Access Reaches Over 43% of Homes in Latin America; Costa Rica Among The Highest With 60%

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(QTECH) Internet access in Latin America and the Caribbean almost doubled between 2010 and 2015, although nearly half the population is still not connected, according to a survey by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal).

The number of homes connected to the internet in the region grew 14.1% on average over the past five years, reaching 43.4% of the total in 2015, almost twice the rate of 2010.

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The percentage of internet users compared to the total Latin American population grew 10.6 percent between 2010 and 2015.

While in 2010 the cost of a 1 Mbps broadband connection amounted to about 18% of monthly income, at the beginning of 2016 the value had fallen to below 2%. Mobile broadband connections rose to 58 % in 2015 compared with 7 percent five years earlier.

Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay had the highest penetration rates, around 60%.

The countries with the highest growth rates in the number of households connected to the internet between 2010 and 2015 were Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Bolivia.

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