Internet Access: Panama in First Place

According to figures from the International Telecommunications Union, Panama has an Internet penetration of 4.9%.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Just behind Panama is Costa Rica with an Internet penetration of 4.05%. The statistics from the International Telecommunications Union (UIT, acronym in Spanish) established that El Salvador has 1.8%, while Honduras and Nicaragua are at .81% and .42%, respectively.

An article in “According to the data, in Costa Rica there are 183,800 Internet subscribers. The total population of the country has grown to 4.5 million people, according to the Central American Population Center of the University of Cost Rica. In Panama, with just 3.4 million inhabitants, there are more than 166,400 lines connected to the Internet.”

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Data Internet World Statistics.
According to, "Despite this, for Vivian Carles, Marketing manager for Internet and Cable & Wireless, the situation in Panama is much more encouraging. "Currently 16% of the homes have internet," she said.

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