Status: In preparation stage.
Total cost: US$ 40 million
(N) Broadband Improvement Program (BO-L1091)
A need has emerged to accelerate the broadband penetration in Bolivia, which will allow for higher levels of innovation, productivity and social inclusion. The Broadband Program which will be in effect in 2014 will promote the access, adoption, and usage of the broad band through the following pillars: (i) public policy development; (ii) strategic regulations establishment; and (iii) capacity enforcement and service and applications development. Demand in Latin America and the Caribbean for ICT goods, technology and broadband services in particular is growing rapidly, fueled by strong economic growth that has increased incomes throughout the region. This rising demand has attracted the attention of both telecommunications service providers and developers of specific broadband applications, who are now expressing enthusiasm for the region as a potential growth market. Broadband is expected to grow by 16 to 18 percent across the region in both 2011 and 2012, stimulated by investments in networks by operators who are, in part, responding to consumer demand for bundled services. Even so, deployment and adoption of broadband in LAC will continue to lag that of other regions. In this context, the development in Bolivia of a broadband strategy with specific actions from the supply and the demand side will contribute to the economic growth and the bridge the social gap among the different social strata.