Minister pushes investment drive to end digital divide

22 May 2018

Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, has called for a doubling of investment in the sector to overcome the nation’s digital divide. ‘All actors in the sector must do our best to reduce the digital divide that exists in the country, and persists for the 44% of people without access to fixed internet. Today in Chile we have 200 communes with residential fixed internet penetration of less than 20%, 110 communes that have less than 5% and 55 communes that have less than 1%. Today, all of them are very far from being part of the digital revolution.’ Although no specific initiatives were outlined, the minister stressed that the government is aiming for Chile to be the first country in the region to develop and commercially launch a 5G network.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary of Telecommunications Pamela Gidi indicated that sector regulator the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) would be continuing to focus on consumer rights.