Poor connectivity in rural areas affects 77 million people in Latin America

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There is a huge gap, related to social inequality.

Lack of quality internet access in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean affects at least 77 million people. In addition, less than 40% have connectivity options, according to a report by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Microsoft.

The work entitled “Rural Connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean” reveals that 71% of the urban population of the region has connectivity options, with less than one 37% in rural areas, what generates “a gap of 34 percentage points that undermines an immense social, economic and productive potential “.

After conducting a study in 24 countries, both international organizations and the IT company realized that 244 million Latin Americans and the Caribbean do not access internet services, of which 77 million correspond to inhabitants of rural areas.

Based on this, the report established that the countries with “high connectivity” in rural areas are the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama.

This means that in these countries between 53% and 63% of some 43 million people do not access to meaningful connectivity services.

Among the countries that have a “medium level of connectivity” are Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay, which represents that in these nations between 64% and 71% of some 40.4 million people do not access connectivity services from quality.

Lastly, in Belize, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela, between 71% and 89% of some 32.5 million people do not access quality connectivity services.

In this regard, the President of IICA, Manuel Otero, explained that the intervening organizations “set ourselves an ambitious goal: reposition rural territories as areas with high potential for progress and prosperity, something that demands solid productive chains anchored in access to services, technologies and connectivity at adequate levels “.

“As a key institution in the agricultural sector, IICA and its partners are mobilizing to join the efforts of the countries and the private sector. Our goal is to radically reduce the gaps that hinder development. The connectivity gap rural-urban is one of those that requires the most attention“he added.

In addition, within connectivity problems there are certain countries more affected by cybersecurity problems. Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Peru These are the five countries in the region where companies have registered the most cyber attacks so far in the pandemic, even above the global average, according to another private survey.

The average number of attacks globally per company per week is 489 cases, while in Colombia there have been 859 so far in the pandemic, in Mexico 960 and in Chile 1014, according to the company’s Latin American engineering manager Check Point Software Technologies, Francisco Robayo.

Meanwhile, in Argentina there were 673 attacks on companies and in Peru, 679.

In this way, the average number of cyberattacks in the region was 731 cases, according to the results of the survey carried out by 270 security experts worldwide.

Within this framework, the survey showed that 79% of the world’s companies plan to strengthen their levels of cybersecurity and 3 out of 4 experts in the area “fear an increase in threats” for the mixed modality of face-to-face and remote work.

The regional vice president of operations in Latin America, of Check Point, Ramón Jimenez pointed out that “in general, companies are not prepared to face the challenges and dangers that the combination of face-to-face and telematic work entails.

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