Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Americas

Market Overview. Internet access and applications. Benchmarking ICT developments in the Americas.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


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Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Americas, by International Telecommunication Union.

When it comes to information society developments in the Americas region, a promising development is mobile cellular uptake, and several of the region’s developing countries have a higher level of mobile penetration than its developed countries. During the past few years, mobile telephony has grown rapidly and is likely to exceed 100 per cent penetration in most countries in the near future. It is notable that no other region has such a strong presence of strategic investors, which account for three out of every four mobile subscriptions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Americas region also stands out in terms of VoIP traffic, which has been growing steeply in Central and South America.

An important advantage the region has is that languages that are represented on the Internet globally, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese and French are all languages that are widely spoken throughout the Americas. This allows application developers and users to leverage on content developed in the Americas, as well as on content available from other regions. Indeed, the region has been among the leaders in developing web presence of the public administration. The success of e-government applications could be broadened to other sectors such as business, education and health, to maximize the benefits of ICTs.

While Internet use has grown steadily in the Americas, thanks in part to a proliferation of public access facilities in the region’s developing countries, more efforts must be made to increase broadband uptake and household access to the Internet. High levels of ICT penetration in the United States and Canada stand in stark contrast to most other countries in the region, where important urban-rural gaps also continue to exist. Of particular importance is the need for training and skills to enhance the awareness of the benefits of ICTs and the ability of people to use them effectively.

This report highlights the latest ICT developments in the Americas region and presents key statistical indicators for each country. The report also features a regional analysis of the ITU ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket, two ICT benchmarking tools that were launched in March 2009.



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Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Americas

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Market Overview. Internet access and applications. Benchmarking ICT developments in the Americas.

Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Americas, by International Telecommunication Union.

When it comes to information society developments in the Americas region, a promising development is mobile cellular uptake, and several of the region’s developing countries have a higher level of mobile penetration than its developed countries. During the past few years, mobile telephony has grown rapidly and is likely to exceed 100 per cent penetration in most countries in the near future. It is notable that no other region has such a strong presence of strategic investors, which account for three out of every four mobile subscriptions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Americas region also stands out in terms of VoIP traffic, which has been growing steeply in Central and South America.

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