Internet Usage Zooms In Caribbean & South, Central America

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 19, 2011: More and more nationals in the Caribbean and South and Central America are becoming Internet users, new data shows.

Internet World Statistics accessed by News Americas show there has been a growth in users logging on to the web by over 1,000 percent in just a decade.

The Caribbean led the way as of March 2011, with a 1,763.7 percent growth between 2000-2011 while Central America was behind with 1,228.2 percent. South America registered a 1,039 percentage growth. This as North Americas’ growth slowed to 151.7 in the same period.

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The Dominican Republic led the way with over 4 million users while Jamaica was second with 1.5 million.

In Central America, Mexico led the way with over 34 million of its 113 million residents on the web. Guatemala and Costa Rica lagged way behind with just over 2 million of their population being able to log on.

In South America, Brazil leads with over 75 million online but that’s in a population of over 203 million. Argentina was second with over 27 million or some 66 percent of its population on the World Wide Web while Columbia came in third with over 22 million or just over 50 percent of its residents online.

Still while the penetration of the Internet among North Americas’ 347 million plus residents in over 78 percent, the Caribbean and Central and South America lagged way behind.
Out of 41 million people, the Caribbean only has over 10 million online or just over 25 percent while out of 155 million Central American nationals, only over 42 million or 27 percent are on the web.

In South America, out of a population of over 400 million, only some 163 million are online, or just over 40 percent.