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Broadband will reach half of Latin American households in 2020

Latin America’s broadband penetration reached 45 per cent of households in 2018 from a previous 43 per cent in 2017. Going forward, GlobalData expects 10m new accesses within two years. Consequently, the penetration of internet household penetration will reach 50 per cent of households in 2020.

Future of Latin America’s broadband coverage

The total rate of fixed broadband household penetration will by rise 2 per cent or 5m broadband connections this year, driven by telecommunication operators’ hybrid fiber-coaxial [HFC] and fiber investments, reaching a household penetration of 47 per cent for the same period.

xDSL, which runs across copper lines, is currently the largest broadband category, accounting for 39 per cent of total subscriptions, with cable a close second at 37 per cent of the total broadband connections. However, by year-end of 2019, we expect cable subscriptions to overtake xDSL as the predominant technology, largely due to the push by cable operators upgrading to HFC networks.

During 2019-2023, fiber will be fastest growing access technology, and it will become the second largest technology access by the end of 2023, largely due to telcos investing in fiber rollouts.

Broadband lines by technology, 2017-2023 (percentage of broadband lines)

The full report is available here. GlobalData is part of the same group as NS Tech.