SANTIAGO .- After passing the economic crisis, everything starts to improve, and the technology industry is not far behind. In fact, the first quarter of 2010 was the best period for technology development in Chile for the past three years, according to the results of the Society Indicator Information (ISI), conducted by the Center for Latin American Studies University of Navarra and the consulting everis.
This index examines various aspects of information society, as the number of phones, broadband penetration, or sales of technology products, and how is each country with respect to them.
And Chile is the best rated of all those tested, beating Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, with an ISI rating of 5.70 out of a maximum of 10. Argentina, who was second, scored 4.77 points.
Our country is the regional leader in several aspects, such as the number of computers with 378 computers per 1,000 inhabitants, representing an increase of 9.9% over the same quarter of 2009.
The total ICT spending per capita reached 442 U.S. dollars (about 230 thousand dollars), implying a rise of 19.2% compared to the same quarter last year. But it was the internet sales which were up significantly, and reached $ 107 (almost 60 thousand dollars) per capita, representing an increase of 48.2%.
In cell number, Chile is second only to Argentina, with 1247 telephones per 1,000 inhabitants, while Chile has 964 per 1,000 people.
In fact, it was the increased penetration of mobile telephony, with growth of 10.5% compared to the same quarter of 2009 – one of the factors that have driven the ISI in Latin America for growth.Regionally, there are 895 phones per thousand inhabitants. In the past year totaled 41 million new terminal, so that this sector remains the major driver of ICT in the region, the report said.
But it also increased the number of computers per person, amounting to 229 per thousand inhabitants, and servers reached 3.3 per 1,000 people, representing an increase of 7.1%.