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The forecast is that by the end of 2025 the adoption of 4G will reach 64% in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo Prensa Libre: Newspaper library)

The forecast is that by the end of 2025 the adoption of 4G will reach 64% in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo Prensa Libre: Newspaper library)

"Considering that investments in 4G are still ongoing and that the adoption of technology by consumers is still in its incipient stage, 5G is emerging as a technology in the medium and long term in the region" of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a report from the GSMA, employer of mobile operators.

It is expected that in 2025 there will be more than 62 million 5G lines in Latin America and the Caribbean, 8% of the total connections in the entire region, according to the forecasts of the GSMA, organizer of the World Mobile Congress (MWC) that starts this Monday in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) with the 5G precisely with maximum protagonist.

In Europe, 5G lines will account for 29% of the total in 2025 and in North America 49%, while in the Asia-Pacific region they will be 14% and in sub-Saharan Africa only 3%.

"Most of the 5G launches in Latin America and the Caribbean are not expected until the middle of the next decade," adds the report "The Mobile Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018," published last December with updated regional data. in the middle of last year and by countries at the end of 2017.

Thus, the report highlights that the adoption of 4G -the network that made live video or virtual or augmented reality in mobile phones possible- reached 35% of the total connections in Latin America and the Caribbean and estimated that by the end last year it would overtake 3G as the dominant technology.

A set of data behind which there are many nuances, such as that 3G has just arrived in Cuba, that in 2017 there was no 4G in Haiti – the GSMA has no data that they were launched in 2018 – or that the adoption of the mobile network The fourth generation was less than 10% in countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

In Uruguay, meanwhile, the adoption of 4G was 44% in 2017 or 46% in Brazil.

Differences that will persist in the coming years: the forecast is that by the end of 2025 the adoption of 4G reaches 64% in Latin America and the Caribbean, with very advanced countries such as Brazil, where it will be 87%, or Chile (75%) , but with others where it will not exceed 25%, such as Nicaragua (20%), Honduras (16%), Guatemala (24%) or El Salvador (22%).

In Cuba, the GSMA does not foresee that 425 will be available in 2025 yet.

Where there are more differences

The differences are reproduced in mobile phone users, with countries such as Argentina, Chile or Panama, with penetration rates higher than 80% already in 2017, and others such as Cuba (36%), Nicaragua (46%) or Guatemala (50%). ).

By mid-2018 in Latin America and the Caribbean there were 442 million mobile customers, 68% of the population, a percentage that is projected to rise to 74% by 2025, which does not mean that in all countries three quarters of the population will have a mobile phone: there will be some like Panama, with 88% of adoption, and like Nicaragua, with 56%.

The countries where there will be a greater increase in mobile clients are Brazil, which will add 20.6 million to 2025, and Mexico, which will add 18.7 million.

The report also reveals marked differences in adoption of smartphones, very evident if you compare the penetration of 75% that Brazil had in 2017 with that of 35% of Bolivia or Haiti.

In this case, all countries will significantly increase the adoption of smartphones, despite "the challenges of affordability", and in 2025 the percentages will range between 86% in Brazil and 65% in Bolivia, according to the GSMA.

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