Digital inclusion in Latin America
August 24, 2016
Unlocking the potential of mobile internet
The internet is the most important enabler of social development and economic growth of our time. Already 3.2 billion people are online – 2.4 billion of them through mobile – directly benefiting from and contributing to the digital economy. Four billion people remain offline, unable to participate and unaware of the opportunities.
The unconnected population is predominantly located in developing world markets, typically on low incomes and lacking basic and digital literacy skills. Mobile represents the best opportunity for the underserved to join the digital economy.
GSMA Intelligence research helps us to understand the size of the digital gap in Latin America and identify who and where the unconnected are in the region. This information, plus the key barriers to mobile internet adoption identified by the GSMA Connected Society Programme, gives us an overview in which effective collaboration between governments and the mobile industry is the key to achieving digital inclusion in the region.
The mission of the GSMA Connected Society Programme is to support the mobile industry and work with key ecosystem stakeholders to increase internet adoption among the underserved by tackling the key barriers of network coverage, affordability, digital skills and locally relevant content.Back