Mexico, with fewer optical fibers arriving than Chile and France

March 13, 2021 | 05:00

Despite the fact that fixed broadband access for optical fibers in Mexico grew by 23.6% between June 2019 and June 2020, progress in optical fiber deployment in the country is below the average of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

The deployment of optical fiber networks is a major issue in the digital development of regions, with the goal of providing generalized access to high-speed broadband, according to an analysis by Statista.

Data published recently by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reveals that optical fiber deployment among OECD member states remains very uneven.

In the Latin American countries that are part of the organization, Chile topped in 2020 as the most advanced country in using this technology, with 32.8% of the population having access to the Internet via fixed optical fiber.

However, Mexico, like France, is just below the average of 37 OECD countries, with only 27.1% of all fixed broadband internet connections.

On the other side South Korea and Japan, which are currently the best equipped, with optical fibers accounting for more than 80% of fixed broadband internet connections in these two Asian countries.

Meanwhile, the European continent is also very advanced in optical fiber deployment.

Sweden and Spain, among others, are among the European countries with the highest percentage of fiber: around 70% of broadband connections.

Especially in the case of Spain, the proportion of fiber in broadband connections increased from 51.8% in 2018 to 69.7% in 2020, an increase of nearly 20 percentage points in just two years.

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On the other hand, Germany, which has a share of less than 5% and the United Kingdom, at around 4%, are among the European countries that are lagging behind in developing this technology.

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