Latin America calling
Latin Americans’ access to telecommunications services has expanded fast since the early 1990s, with a telephone density now above the world average. Chile and Argentina lead the continent, with 90 and 82 telephone lines per 100 inhabitants respectively. Fewer, albeit wide, disparities still exist.
Improving access remains a policy challenge though. Chile, for example, has allowed companies to bid for the right to supply low-income neighbourhoods with service, known as “universal access projects’’, with the contract going to the company that requests the lowest government subsidy to complete the project.
Order the OECD’s Latin America Economic Outlook at www.oecdbookshop.org or see www.oecd.org/development. ISBN 9789264038264
©OECD Observer No. 264/265, December 2007-January 2008
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