ICT development holds back Mexico's information society index score

Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the Information Society Index (ISI) - drawn up by everis and the IESE Business School of the Universidad de Navarra - Mexico scored 4.45 points, the fourth highest in Latin America, with a 3.1% growth rate in 1Q11 when compared to the same quarter last year.

The study measured ICT use and the development of information society in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

Ahead of Brazil and Colombia, Mexico's ISI showed a 5.7% drop in ICT growth, including slower equipment growth. But ICT services grew 21.2%, the highest rate in Latin America, fueled by the increasing number of social network users.

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According to the study, Mexico is the country with the lowest internet penetration of those studied, with 294 users per 1,000 residents.

The country also recorded the highest amount of ICT imports, with an average US$569 a year per person. But year-over-year growth was the lowest at 18.6%, compared with the 24.1% regional average.

During Q1, Latin America in general scored an average of 4.43 on the ISI, a new high and 2.6% year-on-year growth.

Besides Mexico, the scores were: Chile with 5.70, Argentina at 4.68, Peru with 4.57, Brazil with 4.36 and Colombia at 4.30.