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
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