Social networks fuel 29.6% growth in mobile broadband connections - Cisco

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Social networks' popularity boosted mobile broadband connections in Venezuela, with 29.6% growth in 2010, to 809,153 mobile subscriptions, according to Cisco's latest Broadband Barometer study, carried out by consultancy IDC.

Venezuela has experienced exceptional growth in social networking, with a high volume of mobile data traffic, Cisco added. Facebook and Twitter are the preferred sites of local users.

Meanwhile, fixed broadband connections jumped 25.8% in 2010, to 1.55mn. Capital city Caracas had 33% of the fixed connections at the end of last year.

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Venezuela ended the year with a total of 2.36mn broadband connections, equivalent to a penetration of 5.57 connections per 100 inhabitants, behind countries like Brazil (7.11%), Chile (10.78%), Argentina (11.71%) and Uruguay (12.32%).

"The country has been able to maintain constant growth.... However, we cannot ignore the fact that countries with a higher penetration in Latin America are also growing, which exacerbates the digital gap," Cisco Venezuela general manager, Enrique Mareque, said in a company statement.

Of fixed broadband connections, 19% have speeds of 256 Kbps, 60% have speeds between 512 Kbps and 1 Mbps, and 21% have speeds higher than 1 Mbps.

"Although connections with speeds of 1 Mbps are growing, we must look for ways to make such connections available to more subscribers," the executive said.

According to the study, Latin America registered 42mn broadband connections in 2010.