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Latin America - Internet, Broadband and Convergence Statistics (tables only)

This report provides 193 statistical tables for the Internet, broadband and convergence activities, both on a regional and national level for the major 26 Latin American and Caribbean countries.


InternetInternet user penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean was about 30% in early 2009. The American continent displays a characteristic North-South divide in terms of Internet users. The northern band, comprising the USA and Canada, enjoys 73% Internet user penetration, but in Central America and the Caribbean, penetration is only 20%, while in South America, it stands at about 34%.

  Almost one third of the region’s Internet users are in Brazil, but apart from a few first-world Caribbean islands, the highest user penetration rates are found in Jamaica, Argentina, and Chile. Argentina’s 50% Internet penetration rate is even higher than Europe (including both Eastern and Western Europe), but it is well below Australia, the USA, Japan, South Korea, and northern European countries, where penetration ranges between 70% and 90%.

    BroadbandBroadband penetration in Latin America is about 27% below the world average. This slow uptake has been largely due to the high prices charged by providers, which often have a virtual monopoly in their areas of operation. Competition, however, is increasing and prices are dropping. Indeed, Latin America was the world’s fastest-growing broadband market in the fourth quarter of 2008. ADSL is the prevalent technology, followed by cable modem. Mobile broadband, only two years after launch, has managed to attract about 5 million subscribers. WiMAX, on the other hand, after suffering serious setbacks due to licensing delays, has been further knocked back by the global financial crisis.

  However, Latin America is becoming one of the world’s most promising broadband markets, growing at a CAGR of 48% from 2003 to 2008. Competition has been increasing and prices have been dropping in most countries. Given the region’s general economic indicators, there remains ample space for expansion. The region’s broadband leaders are Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile, and in early 2009, these five countries accounted for around 85% of all broadband subscribers in the region.

    ConvergenceConvergence offers promising prospects in Latin America, a continent with about 577 million people, a soaring broadband sector, low teledensity, relatively high TV penetration, and a growing VoIP market. Latin America, like other regions throughout the world, has shown a keen interest in developing triple play models. A growing number of pay TV companies throughout the region are seeking to expand their operations by offering voice services, most often using VoIP technology together with broadband access. Not to be left behind in the technological race, in a few countries, such as Brazil, Chile, and Colombia, the incumbent fixed-line operators have also entered the triple play arena.

  Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

  The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

  •          This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band.
  •          The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data.
  •          All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

1. Regional overview
1.1 Internet
1.1.1 Users
1.1.2 Country comparisons
1.2 Broadband
1.2.1 Subscribers
1.2.2 Country comparisons
1.3 Convergence
1.3.1 Subscribers
1.3.2 Country comparisons
2. Argentina
2.1 Internet
2.2 Broadband
2.2.1 Subscribers
2.2.2 Operator statistics
2.2.3 e-services
2.3 Pay TV
3. Belize
3.1 Internet
3.2 Broadband
4. Bolivia
4.1 Internet
4.2 Broadband
5. Brazil
5.1 Internet
5.2 Broadband
5.2.1 Subscribers
5.2.2 Operator statistics
5.3 Convergence
5.3.1 Pay TV
5.3.2 Operator statistics
6. Caribbean Small Island Nations
7. Chile
7.1 Internet
7.1.1 Subscribers
7.1.2 Operator statistics
7.2 Broadband
7.2.1 Subscribers and technologies
7.2.2 Operator statistics
7.2.3 E-Services
7.3 Convergence
8. Colombia
8.1 Internet
8.2 Broadband
8.3 Convergence
9. Costa Rica
9.1 Internet
9.2 Broadband
10. Cuba
11. Dominican Republic
11.1 Internet
11.2 Broadband
12. Ecuador
12.1 Internet
12.2 Broadband
12.3 Pay TV
13. El Salvador
13.1 Internet
13.2 Broadband
14. Guatemala
15. Guyana
16. Haiti
17. Honduras
17.1 Internet
17.2 Pay TV
18. Jamaica
19. Mexico
19.1 Internet
19.2 Broadband
19.2.1 Subscriber forecast
19.2.2 Operator statistics
19.3 Convergence
20. Nicaragua
20.1 Internet
20.2 Broadband
21. Panama
21.1 Internet
21.2 Broadband
22. Paraguay
22.1 Internet
22.2 Broadband
23. Peru
23.1 Internet
23.2 Broadband
23.3 Convergence
24. Puerto Rico
24.1 Internet
24.2 Broadband
24.3 Convergence
25. Suriname
25.1 Internet
25.2 Broadband
26. Uruguay
26.1 Internet
26.2 Broadband
26.3 Pay TV
27. Venezuela
27.1 Internet
27.2 Broadband
27.3 Convergence
List of Tables
Table 1 - Latin America - Internet users and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 2 - Internet users, growth and penetration worldwide by region - 2000; 2008
Table 3 - Latin America - top ten countries for Internet users -- 2008
Table 4 - Latin America - top ten countries for Internet user penetration -- 2008
Table 5 - Latin America - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 6 - Latin America - broadband technology market share - 2001 - 2008
Table 7 - Latin America - cable modem subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 8 - Latin America - ADSL subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 9 - Latin America - broadband subscribers and penetration - major countries - 2007 - 2008
Table 10 - Latin America - broadband technology market share by country - 2008
Table 11 - Latin America - cable modem subscribers and penetration by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 12 - Latin America - ADSL subscribers and penetration by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 13 - Latin America - 3G subscribers and penetration by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 14 - Latin America - Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 15 - Latin America - cable TV subscribers and penetration by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 16 - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 17 - Argentina - Internet users and user penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 18 - Argentina - residential dial-up subscribers (paid and free) - 2001 - 2008
Table 19 - Argentina - dial-up and broadband market share - 2001 - 2008
Table 20 - Argentina - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 21 - Argentina - broadband market share by technology - 2001 - 2008
Table 22 - Argentina - cable modem subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 23 - Argentina - ADSL subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 24 - Argentina - forecast broadband growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 25 - Argentina - broadband market share by operator - 2003 - 2007
Table 26 - Speedy - ADSL subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 27 - Arnet - ADSL subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 28 - Flash/FiberTel - broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 29 - Argentina - B2C sales - 2003 - 2007
Table 30 - Argentina - cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 31 - Grupo Clarín cable TV subscribers - 2006 - 2008
Table 32 - CableVisión and Multicanal cable TV subscribers - 2000 - 2006 (historical)
Table 33 - Belize - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 34 - Belize - Internet users and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 35 - BTL high speed Internet subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 36 - Belize - broadband lines and penetration rates - 2005 - 2008
Table 37 - Bolivia - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 38 - Bolivia - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 39 - Bolivia - dial-up subscribers - 1997 - 2008
Table 40 - Bolivia - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2002 - 2008
Table 41 - Entel - ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2007
Table 42 - Brazil - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 43 - Brazil - Internet users and penetration - 2002 - 2008
Table 44 - Brazil - active Internet users with own computer - 2000 - 2008
Table 45 - Brazil - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 46 - Brazil - broadband market share by technology - 2001 - 2008
Table 47 - Brazil - cable modem subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 48 - Brazil - ADSL subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 49 - Brazil - wireless broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2008
Table 50 - Brazil - forecast broadband subscribers & penetration - 2008 - 2018
Table 51 - Brazil - ADSL - operators’ market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 52 - Brazil - broadband subscribers - major players - 2002 - 2008
Table 53 - Brazil - pay TV subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 54 - Brazil - pay TV concessions by technology - 2007
Table 55 - Brazil - pay TV market share by technology - 2000 - 2008
Table 56 - Brazil - cable TV subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 57 - Brazil - MMDS subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 58 - Brazil - DTH subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 59 - Brazil - major pay TV companies’ market share - 1998; 2003 - 2007
Table 60 - Net Serviços pay TV subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 61 - Internet users and penetration in Caribbean countries - 2008
Table 62 - Chile - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 63 - Chile - Internet users and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 64 - Chile - dial-up vs broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 65 - Chile - ISP market share - September 2008
Table 66 - Chile - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 67 - Chile - broadband technology market share - 2001 - 2008
Table 68 - Chile - ADSL subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 69 - Chile - cable modem subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 70 - Chile - forecast broadband subscribers & penetration - 2008 - 2018
Table 71 - Chile - broadband market share - major companies - 2001 - 2008
Table 72 - Chile - cable modem subscribers for major operators - 2000 - 2008
Table 73 - Chile - E-commerce transactions - 2001 - 2008
Table 74 - Chile - pay TV subscribers by operator and market share - 2006 - 2008
Table 75 - Chile - cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2008
Table 76 - VTR cable TV subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2008
Table 77 - Telefónica Chile satellite TV subscribers - 2006 - 2008
Table 78 - Columbia - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 79 - Columbia - Internet users and user penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 80 - Columbia - dial-up subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 81 - Columbia - dial-up and broadband market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 82 - Columbia - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2002 - 2008
Table 83 - Columbia - broadband market share by technology - 2003 - 2008
Table 84 - Columbia - broadband market share by major operator - September 2008
Table 85 - Columbia - cable modem subscribers and penetration rates - 2003 - 2008
Table 86 - Columbia - ADSL subscribers and penetration rates - 2003 - 2008
Table 87 - Columbia - WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates - 2006 - 2008
Table 88 - Columbia - forecast broadband subscribers and penetration - - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 89 - Columbia - cable TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2008
Table 90 - Columbia - major cable TV operators’ market share - 2004 - 2008
Table 91 - Columbia - satellite TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2008
Table 92 - Columbia - satellite TV operators’ market share - 2004 - 2008
Table 93 - Costa Rica - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 94 - Costa Rica - Internet users and user penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 95 - Costa Rica - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 96 - Costa Rica - broadband market share by technology - 2002 - 2008
Table 97 - Costa Rica - cable modem subscribers and household penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 98 - Costa Rica - ADSL subscribers and household penetration - 2002 - 2008
Table 99 - Cuba - Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 100 - Cuba - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2008
Table 101 - Cuba - personal computers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2007
Table 102 - Dominican Republic - Internet provider statistics - 2008
Table 103 - Dominican Republic - Internet subscribers and household penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 104 - Dominican Republic - Internet users - 1998 - 2008
Table 105 - Dominican Republic - DSL residential and corporate subscribers - 2004 - 2008
Table 106 - Dominican Republic - forecast broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2013
Table 107 - Ecuador - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 108 - Ecuador - Internet users and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 109 - Ecuador - dial-up / broadband market share - 2000 - 2008
Table 110 - Ecuador - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 111 - Ecuador - pay TV subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2008
Table 112 - Ecuador - pay TV technology market share - 2004 - 2008
"Table 113 - El Salvador - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2007
Table 114 - El Salvador - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2007
Table 115 - El Salvador - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2003 - 2008
Table 116 - El Salvador - ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 117 - Guatemala - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2007
Table 118 - Guatamala - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2007
Table 119 - Guyana - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 120 - Guyana - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 121 - Haiti - Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 122 - Haiti - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 123 - Haiti - Internet subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 124 - Honduras - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2007
Table 125 - Honduras - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2007
Table 126 - Honduras - cybercafé and CCI points - 2002 - 2007
Table 127 - Honduras - pay TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2003 - 2007
Table 128 - Jamaica - Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 129 - Jamaica - Internet users and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
Table 130 - Jamaica - market share by connection - 2006
Table 131 - Mexico - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 132 - Mexico - Internet users and penetration rate - 2000 - 2009
Table 133 - Mexico - Internet subscribers by access technology - 2000 - 2008
Table 134 - Mexico - location based computer use - 2005 - 2009
Table 135 - Mexico - forecast broadband subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 136 - Prodigy Infinitum ADSL subscriber lines - 2002 - 2008
Table 137 - Mexico - cable modem subscribers by operator - 2001 - 2008
Table 138 - Mexico - cable VoIP subscribers per major provider - 2006 - 2008
Table 139 - Mexico - pay TV subscribers by technology and penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 140 - Mexico - pay TV subscribers by operator - 1999 - 2008
Table 141 - Megacable ARPU by service - 2007 - 2008
Table 142 - Cablemás CATV, broadband and VoIP ARPUs and churn - 2006 - 2008
Table 143 - Nicaragua - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2007
Table 144 - Nicaragua - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2007
Table 145 - Nicaragua - Internet subscribers - 2000 - 2007
Table 146 - Nicaragua - Internet technology market share - 2000 - 2006
Table 147 - Nicaragua - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2007
Table 148 - Panama - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 149 - Panama - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 150 - Panama - dial-up / broadband market share - 2001 - 2008
Table 151 - Panama - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 1998 - 2008
Table 152 - Panama - broadband subscribers by technology - 1998 - 2008
Table 153 - Paraguay - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 154 - Paraguay - Internet users and user penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 155 - Paraguay - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2002 - 2008
Table 156 - Peru - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 157 - Peru - Internet users and user penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 158 - Peru - dial-up subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 159 - Peru - dial-up and broadband market share - 1999 - 2008
Table 160 - Peru - Cabinas públicas - 2000 - 2007
Table 161 - Peru - broadband subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 162 - Peru - broadband subscriber ratios by technology - 1999 - 2008
Table 163 - Peru - cable modem vs ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 164 - Peru - forecast broadband growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 165 - TdP broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 166 - Peru - pay TV market share - September 2008
Table 167 - Peru - cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 168 - Cable Mágico subscribers - 2002 - 2008
Table 169 - Puerto Rico - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2007
Table 170 - Puerto Rico - Internet users and user penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 171 - Puerto Rico - broadband lines - 2002 - 2006
Table 172 - PRTC DSL lines - 2002 - 2006
Table 173 - Puerto Rico - cable TV subscribers - 2001 - 2005
Table 174 - Puerto Rico - satellite TV subscribers - 2004 - 2005
Table 175 - Suriname - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 176 - Suriname - Internet users and user penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 177 - Suriname - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2002 - 2008
Table 178 - Uruguay - Internet and broadband key statistics - 2008
Table 179 - Uruguay - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 180 - Uruguay - Internet dial-up customers - 2003 - 2008
Table 181 - Uruguay - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2005 - 2008
Table 182 - Anteldata - ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 183 - Uruguay - pay TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2008
Table 184 - Uruguay - pay TV market share - 2008
Table 185 - Venezuela - Internet and broadband key statistics - September 2008
Table 186 - Venezuela - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 187 - Venezuela - dial-up subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 188 - Venezuela - dial-up and broadband market share - 2000 - 2008
Table 189 - Venezuela - telecentres/cybercafés - 2001 - 2008
Table 190 - Venezuela - broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2008
Table 191 - Venezuela - forecast broadband subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 192 - CANTV ADSL subscribers - 2001 - 2008

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