Digital inclusion in Latin America

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 remain offline, unable to participate and unaware of the opportunities.

The unconnected population is predominantly located in developing regions, typically on low incomes and lacking basic and digital literacy skills to be able to explore the benefit of the internet. Mobile represents the best opportunity for these people to join the digital ecosystem and economy.

The key barriers to mobile internet adoption are a lack of locally relevant content, poor digital skills, affordability (reduced by high taxes) and infrastructure deployment (affected by municipal barriers to deployment). The links below will take you to studies about each of these barriers in the region and in individual countries.


Our Reports

Taxing Mobile Connectivity in Latin America


Monday 1 Jan 2018 | Resources |

A review of mobile sector mobile taxation and its impact on digital inclusion Mobile connectivity is a key facilitator of digital inclusion and economic and social development. The mobile industry in Latin America ...

Reforming mobile sector taxation in Argentina: A path towards a more efficient tax system, greater digital inclusion and increased prosperity


Monday 20 Nov 2017 |

Mobile telephone services play an increasingly important role in supporting and delivering development, economic growth and social inclusion. In Argentina, 2G connectivity is ubiquitous but the country has not yet transitioned fully to ...