Colombian capital Bogotá divided by ICT gap

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

More than half of Bogotá's inhabitants use the internet, with districts in the city's northern region surpassing the local average.

According to a multipurpose survey carried out by Colombia's statistics institute Dane, 66% of Bogotá's population used the internet last year and 86.6% owned a mobile device, reported daily El Tiempo.

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A regional study done by BBVA's economic observatory revealed that internet use in the northern districts of Chapinero, Usaquén and Suba reached 84%, 76% and 72%, respectively.

Regarding mobile phone ownership, the Teusaquillo and Chapinero districts scored 93.4% and 92.6%, exceeding the city's average of 86%. Mobile phone ownership in the southern districts of San Cristóbal, Santa Fe, Ciudad Bolívar, and Usme was at 79%.

The digital divide between the city's north and south regions became most evident when it came to computer use. Usme had computer use levels of 46%, Ciudad Bolívar 51% and Bosa 54%. The use of computers in these southern districts was below the city's average of 68%, while it was above this figure in the northern districts of Chapinero, Usaquén and Suba.

The use of computers in the capital increased by 6 percentage points between 2011 and 2015. Last year, 63% of people older than 10 years of age used computers, according to the observatory. Of these, 40% claimed to use computers daily, while less than 20% said they used computers once a week.

The ICT industry is gaining prominence in the city's economic activity, as Bogotá is responsible for 61% of the mobile applications developed in the country, according to economist Michael Mandel.