Growing Broadband Connections in Colombia

Growing Broadband Connections in Colombia

Since 2013 is the best year for ICT in Colombia, the number of broadband Internet connections continues to grow in the country and is approaching the target set by the Government for the closure of 2014.

According to an assessment by the Ministry of ICT, at the end of 2013 the country reached 7.6 million broadband Internet connections, 1.2 million below the target of Vive Digital Plan.

Overall, since 2010 the number of broadband connections has increased by 5.4 million. According to a recent study published by the company Cisco, as of June 2013, a total of 5.5 million broadband connections occurred in Colombia. This represents an increase of ten percent from the previous quarter and 23.6 percent compared to June 2012.

Also Read: Almost Half of the Fixed Internet Connections in Colombia Are Faster Than 2 Megabytes, According to the Cisco Broadband Barometer 2.0

One of the strategies to achieve the goal of 8.8 million connections at the end of the year focuses on making it easier for low-income households have access to a computer. For this, the Government is carrying 300,000 pesos in subsidies average about two million families in strata one and two.

Cisco’s projections show that by 2017, fixed and mobile connections will exceed 10.3 million in Colombia, with 15.3 percent mobile in the next five years, while broadband 2.0 fixed line (2 or more Mbps) will reach 68.7 percent.

According to the MinTIC, in 2013, 43 percent of households in the country was connected to the internet, while the goal for 2014 is to reach it to 50 percent.

In infrastructure, the end of the previous year, 777 municipalities were connected by the National Fiber Optic Project, which projected that by this year 1,078 municipalities (96 percent of the country) are covered with this technology.

 

 

Photo Credit: Ministerio TIC Colombia

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