Nearshore Americas

Interactive: Charting Latin America’s Mobile Internet Promise

Mobile Internet connectivity continues to grow in Latin America, with broadband connectivity increasing. According to Knowledge@Wharton, the number of broadband connections surpassed the number of fixed line connections in Latin America as a whole in 2011 — and the trend is continuing. Internet connectivity is widely accepted as driving the move to knowledge economies and increasing mobile Internet connectivity can help the Latin American and Caribbean region leverage the existing potential to grow its IT outsourcing sectors.

According to the Internet Society, global mobile Internet penetration is forecast to grow quickly to 71% in 2019; penetration in Central and Latin America is expected to rise above 100% by 2017. The report found that an annual growth rate of 23% is expected in Central and Latin America.

The interactive below uses data from the World Bank to show the number of mobile cellular subscribers in selected countries in the region. Hover over each country to see the exact figure.

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Bianca Wright

Nearshore Americas Contributing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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