Colombian capital Bogotá divided by ICT gap

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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.