Over the years we have seen that Latin America is not immune to economic crises originating elsewhere. However, although in some cases these have caused swings in the telecom sector - such as postpaid clients shifting back to prepaid - in general growth has barely stalled in the long-run, and is determined more by internal policy than by external factors.

The current slowdown is no exception, affecting Brazil more than most. However, while the Brazilian government may have tightened its belt internally, the national development plan for the sector remains unscathed.

In the case of 700MHz spectrum for 4G and migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), for example, in most countries these are plans that have been discussed for many years and are too important to postpone. The moves in this direction already made by some countries ensure that neighbors must catch up, no matter what.

So across the region there are plenty of processes that ensure continued investment during 2016, although some countries are more prominent than others.

For example, Mexico's telecom sector is expected to attract several billion dollars of investment over the next few years, and the Colombian government has talked about potential for investing US$11 billion in the ICT sector during 2014-18, split evenly between the public and private sectors.

Figure - Mobile Broadband Increasingly Important in LatAm


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