Costa Rica Lags Behind on Internet

The country's loss of competitiveness because of the deterioration of basic infrastructure development, is replicated in the case of the internet where average speeds are only 2.8 Mbps, far from the world average and below that of most countries in the region.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Costa Rica stands out in Central America for the quality and volume of goods and services related to technology which it produces and exports. However, infrastructure dedicated to digital communications over the Internet, has lagged behind and threatens what has been achieved so far by the country. Being a country that is committed to being a center of outsourcing of business services, it has not paid enough attention to the issue.

An article in reports on the results of the State of The Internet report, by Akamai, "... Costa Rica is located at position 94 in the world ranking of countries for its average internet speed in the fourth quarter of 2014, which is located below nine Latin American countries and barely ahead of Venezuela, Paraguay and Bolivia. "

"... In the ranking, the country is overtaken in Latin America by Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Panama, which show average speeds of 2.9 Mbps and 5.9 Mbps. "

Akamai's report notes that in Costa Rica 86% of Internet connections are less than 4Mbps.

See: State of The Internet, Akamai

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