A national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada’, involves the deployment of broadband services and free-to-air digital TV to underserved parts of the country.
The plan, launched by the government in October 2010, would require an investment of AR$8 million (about US$2 million) and would be implemented over five years. State-owned satellite company Arsat is responsible for selecting the most cost-effective infrastructure for the project.
The aim of ‘Argentina Conectada’ is to promote digital inclusion and ensure that all Argentineans have access to high-speed Internet. The government said it intended to make broadband available throughout the national territory, and hoped that by 2015 there would be more than 10 million homes with some kind of connection or access.
Argentina’s Internet penetration is twice as high as the world average and close to that found in European countries. Its broadband penetration on the other hand is less than half of Europe’s, although it is – on a par withChile’s – the highest in the region.
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