Argentina is the second country in Latin America with the most broadband penetration, recording a rate of around 10.7%. Numbers revealed by Cisco's latest Broadband Barometer show that Argentina's overall connections grew 10.6% from December 2009 to May 2010, with a significant increase in mobile broadband connections.
During this period 492,000 new connections were added, taking the overall number to about four million nationwide. The government's plan is to further expand its Internet population. The effort began this year with projects aimed at achieving this. Bilateral agreements were sealed during the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's recent visit to Argentina, including a joint action plan to speed up the progress of the projects "Argentina Conectada" (Connected Argentina) and "Plano Nacional de Banda Larga" (National Broadband Plan) in Argentina and Brazil, respectively. This agreement intends to integrate public telecommunications networks, using infrastructure owned by Brazil's Telebras and Argentina's Arsat to achieve massive broadband access between 2011 and 2015, TeleSemana website reported.
Argentina also got closer to Brazil in other aspects, exchanging experiences in the implementation of optical fiber networks conducted by national operators to develop public networks. Both countries also discussed building an optical fiber network between them, considered agreements to produce devices such as modems and antennae and building a submarine cable connection in the Atlantic Ocean.
Something similar is in the pipeline with Chile, where negotiations aimed at reducing broadband suppliers' costs -further benefiting final consumers- are taking place. Argentina and Chile are seeking to increase their cross-country interconnection through optical fiber networks and to improve service quality. The idea is to find an alternative route for its data traffic, 70% of which goes through Miami links today.