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The Evolution of the Internet in Peru

Mike Dreckschmidt

The internet is a relatively new technology in Peru…so how has it evolved since its introduction in 1992?

The Evolution of the Internet in Peru

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To commemorate Worldwide Internet Day and the first ever technological convention in Central Lima this week, we investigated how the internet has come to develop so rapidly throughout the country in recent years with the help of El Comercio.

Here is a brief timeline:

1992: The origins of the internet in Peru began with several small groups interested in the new technology such as universities and other institutions.

1994: The first cabina, or internet cafe, is established in the Miraflores district of Lima.

2000: Approximately 2,400 public cabinas are established throughout the country, at least 50% of which are located in the capital Lima.

2008: 3G service comes to Peru. The Internet is now faster and more accessible by mobile phone than by desktop computer.

2014: At least 4 in 10 Peruvians now have access to the internet.

This trend has and almost certainly will continue as more and more Peruvians, like much of the developing world, use mobile phone to connect in favor of landline phones or computers. El Comercio adds that the British firm Open Signal which tracks cell phone coverage based on user data, has ranked Peru as a leader in connection speed among emerging countries.

The future looks bright for the continuing spread and improvement of the internet technology in Peru. What does this mean for the future of the country? Let us know what you think.

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