Ecuador’s Minister of Telecoms and Information Society, Andres Michelena, has unveiled plans to enhance e-government services and extend high-speed internet connectivity to 98% of the country by 2023, reports Xinhua. The government intends to provide 80% of services online and will set up more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across towns and cities.
The government believes digital transformation will enhance productivity and competitiveness in both the public and private sectors. ‘I am convinced that the country’s development must go hand in hand with ICT,’ said the Minister. ‘Technology is a great engine for development, entrepreneurship and education.’
Currently 35% of households have access to broadband connectivity, while 7.5 million people have signed up for 4G LTE services, according to Ecuador’s National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). The government plans to reduce internet costs and roaming fees in order to increase subscriber numbers.