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The benefits of broadband have been recognized as a core element for the economic and social development of a country. The digital divide between Latin America countries and developed markets is becoming larger.


  • The first key challenge that countries face is finding ways to ensure broadband roll-out across the whole country. In cases where governments decide to play a key role and be involved in network deployment, the huge challenge is that these investments be fiscally sustainable and that incentives for private investment are preserved.
  • The second major challenge is how to make the best use of the available limited resources that Latin America has in order to reduce the digital divide.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the different investment models that have been internationally applied to reduce the digital divide in several countries.
  • Includes selected case studies and highlights the most valuable lessons learned for policy-makers to achieve digital transformation in Latin America.

Key questions answered

  • Which public policies have been used by different countries to ensure broadband roll-out across the whole country?
  • How are national broadband plans evolving?

Table of contents

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  • Objective

Executive summary

  • Main lessons learned and key recommendations
  • Electrical utilities’ contribution to internet connectivity
  • Operated by private sector but public financed, or a combination of public–private funding
  • EU sets the rules for state intervention in telecoms networks
  • Private sector-financed and operated with public investment incentives
  • From national broadband plans to national digital strategies
  • Authors