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Colombia mobile internet subscribers set to quadruple

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Colombia's government has set out plans to quadruple the number of mobile internet connections in the next four years, while fixed-line internet connections will increase twofold.

The country's national ICT strategy 2014-18 aims to triple total internet connections from around 8.8mn currently to 27mn in 2018.

Colombia is one of the few Latin American countries where fixed-line internet penetration is higher than mobile internet. However, that is set to change in the coming years due to explosive mobile growth.

Current fixed-line penetration is 11% while mobile internet penetration reaches just 8%, according to a presentation by ICT ministry Mintic.

However, mobile penetration is expected to expand to 30% by 2018, while that figure will reach 20% for fixed-line internet penetration.

The government also outlined plans to install 1,000 free WiFi hotspots in public spaces during the coming four years.

Total fixed-line internet connections reached 4.59mn in Colombia as of the end of Q1, up 14.4% compared to the same point in 2013, according to Mintic statistics.

Meanwhile, 3G and 4G mobile lines grew 63.8% in the 12 months through Q1 to 4.29mn.


Article Credit: Bnamericas

Updated 5 Years ago

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