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High-Speed Internet Access Surpasses 87% in Brazil

Over 87% of Brazilians over age 10 now have access to high-speed Internet, according to a study by the Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

This expansion extends to households, with internet access reaching 91.5% in 2022.

The connectivity boom is driven by the ubiquitous mobile phone, now the primary means of Internet access for 98.9% of Brazilians.

Rural areas have witnessed significant progress, with access reaching 72.7% in 2022, reflecting the expansion of technology into remote regions.

The Central-West region leads with 96.6% of users, while the North (82.4%) and Northeast (83.2%) present the lowest results despite substantial growth in 2022.

Despite these encouraging advancements, challenges remain. Approximately 6.4 million households still lack Internet access, highlighting the need for continued efforts to bridge the digital divide.

The primary reasons cited for this lack of access include a lack of knowledge (32.1%), costs of service (28.8%), and a perceived lack of need (25.6%).

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“The biggest challenge currently, as the research indicates, is digital literacy,” said Juscelino Filho, Brazil’s Minister of Communications.

These disparities are further reflected in device usage. While 75% of private school students access the internet via personal computers, this percentage drops to 31.2% among public school students.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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