Chile aims to bring Internet to 80% of its population
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 21-05-2013
With less than 40% of Chileans having Internet access at home, and only 1% having high speed access, the Government has come up with Imagina Chile, a digital plan to expand Internet access within the country over the next seven years
The main goals of the strategy are to have 80% of houses connected to the Internet by 2020, with high speed access available to half of these. There will also be public Wi-Fi networks in all local administrations (currently available in only 25%).
The plan is also a way to increase the sales of ICT products. Currently, 5.2% of Chile´s domestic product is produced by the communication technologies field, with over 8,000 companies working in it. The Government plans are to increase this business to 10% of the GDP and the number of companies to 18,000.
Chile´s Prime Minister, Sebastián Piñera, pointed out during the project's presentation that "innovation and entrepreneurship have to be the heads of the economy".
Piñera also said that the DTT law should be approved soon so as not to delay the country moving forward in the digital revolution.