Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of contrasts. Almost everyone has a cell phone, as evidenced by the exponential increase in mobile phone subscribers from 10% of the population in 2000 to over 70% in 2017. And, the region is home to some of the most advanced mobile internet and avid social media users in the world, led by Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Yet coverage … [Read more...] about Why is mobile broadband quality so important for development?
Poor bandwidth infrastructure is like traveling on a dirt road. The technological disruption we are experiencing is something unprecedented. When we compare it to the industrial revolution and the enormous impact it has on per capita gross domestic product (GDP), we can assert with total certainty that this digital revolution is changing everything, from the corporate, to the … [Read more...] about Digital highways and their similarity to transportation highways
In 1984, Steve Jobs launched the first Mac. The classic film “Revenge of the Nerds” was released the same year. At the time, computers and nerds went hand in hand. During my adolescence, the impression of what seemed to be happening in Silicon Valley was “not cool.” In recent decades, the area that stretches to the south of San Francisco has become the undisputed pole of … [Read more...] about What can Latin America and the Caribbean learn from Silicon Valley
There are many stories about the origins of chess. To me, the most colorful is about a king in India who was given a new game consisting of two armies and 64 squares, to overcome the loss of a son in the battlefield. The king was so delighted with this new game that he offered to give the inventor anything he wished for as compensation: “Give me one grain of rice for the first … [Read more...] about Latin America needs more broadband to capitalize on the data explosion
The year 2016 marked a time of new beginnings, rapid changes and uncertainty. This is especially true in Latin America and the Caribbean’s private sector. Looking back, we see three trends that impacted the year and will define what is to come. … [Read more...] about Three trends to impact business in 2017