December 11, 2013
indec figuresWednesday, September 18, 2013
Internet access points soar, mostly due to mobiles
The number of Internet users in Argentina grew by just under 2.5 million in the 12 months ending in June, according to a report released yesterday by the Indec national statistics bureau.
Divided into two categories of residential and organizational access, the report indicates that Internet connections rose to 14,161,523, up from the 11,665,103 registered in June of last year.
Yet the numbers may be misleading, warned a sectory analyst.
“Mobile devices that access the Internet through technologies such as 3G are included under broadband,” making the statistics obsolete, because they are “skewed by the mobile phone boom,” telecommunications analyst Enrique Carrier told the Herald.
Therefore, no distinction is drawn between home connections through routers and access through a mobile phone, so “in the end you distort things by joining them together,” Carrier argued, explaining why the report’s title of “consolidation in the growth of wireless broadband connections” is misleading.
“If you look at the rate of growth for fixed home connections and mobile phones you will see very different numbers,” he concluded.
Residential access was reported to have increased by 20.6 percent up to 11,943,870, with set monthly tariff accounts representing all but 11,671 connections. The remaining amount is comprised by users of free services.
Broadband connections — as Indec defines them at least — grew by 21.2 percent specifically, while the nearly defunct technology of dial-up dropped another 36.4 percent over the last year, down to only 41,369 users.
“Wireless, Satellite and other” forms of wireless connections grew by 34.1 percent and make up 65.7 percent of broadband access throughout the country.