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Mexico, second worst OECD country for broadband penetration

By BNamericas Friday, February 27, 2015

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Mexico is the country with the second worst broadband penetration among the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members, with only Turkey being ranked lower.

Fixed broadband penetration in Mexico reached 11.6% as of June 2014, several points below the OECD average of 27.4% and well below the 47.3% in Switzerland, which topped the list. Chile, the only other Latin American country listed, was ranked slightly better than Mexico, at 13.7%.

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In terms of mobile broadband, Mexico fared a little better, being ranked 30th out of 34 countries, at 39.9% penetration. Chile was once again one position higher, with 42.9% penetration. The OECD average for mobile broadband was 78.23%, with the best country being Finland at 131.6% penetration.

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However, according to calculations made by Mexican regulator IFT, Mexico was the country with the third-highest growth in mobile broadband penetration between December 2013 and June 2014, at 18.8%. It was surpassed only by Chile and Hungary, which were ranked first and second, respectively.

In terms of fixed broadband, Mexico's penetration grew 3.1% in the period, which puts the country 12th in the ranking and above the OECD average. Chile ranked second in growth of fixed broadband penetration.

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