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Diego Margot

Diego es economista en la División de Efectividad en el Desarrollo de BID Invest. Su especialidad es el análisis económico y la regulación de los sectores de infraestructura y telecomunicaciones. Tiene experiencia en el análisis de impacto en el desarrollo y en el financiamiento de proyectos de infraestructura. Anteriormente, Diego trabajó en la gerencia del Departamento de Infraestructura y Medio Ambiente del BID y en la agencia de antitrust de Argentina. Tiene un doctorado en economía de la Universidad de Illinois (EE. UU.) y una maestría en economía de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina).

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Transforming a Region with Internet for All

The best example of the private sector’s role in advancing digital transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean is the Internet for All (Internet para Todos-IPT) project. It has given access to 4G Internet to more than 2.2 million people and over 12,500 rural communities in Peru over the last three years.

Why is mobile broadband quality so important for development?
Why is mobile broadband quality so important for development?

Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of contrasts. Almost everyone has a cell phone, as evidenced by the exponential increase in mobile phone subscribers from 10% of the population in 2000 to over 70% in 2017. And, the region is home to some of the most advanced mobile internet and avid social media users in the world, led by Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Yet coverage varies across countries and millions of people still do not have access to reliable mobile broadband connections, particularly in rural areas. And, even for those with access, service quality is often poor, limiting their potential to take full advantage of the latest technologies and making it difficult to bridge the digital divide.