The FINANCIAL -- Cisco announced
the results of the Cisco Broadband Barometer, which for the first time
changed its way of measuring the market by assigning the number "2.0" to
fixed connections of 2 megabits per second or higher and "1.0" to
connections between 128 kilobits per second and 2 Mbps.
This edition, which presents the results from January to June 2012, indicates that Argentina reached a total of 6.98 million broadband connections (fixed and mobile). The penetration of fixed broadband connections is 13.8 per 100 inhabitants. Broadband 2.0 connections alone reached 2.5 million connections, with a penetration of 6.1 per 100 inhabitants.
The growth is noticeable taking into account that fixed Broadband 2.0 connections grew 9.9 percent, 10 times as much as Broadband 1.0 connections. In addition, 88 percent of the new connections in the six-month period had a speed higher than 1 Mbps. By June 2012 44 percent of the fixed broadband connections in Argentina were Broadband 2.0. Fixed connections, both 1.0 and 2.0, grew 4.7 percent, while mobile ones grew 10 percent. According to the study, Argentina has 23 mobile connections per 100 fixed ones.
It is forecast that by June 2016 connections in Argentina will exceed 9.7 million, both fixed and mobile. Within that total, mobile connections will represent 24.6 percent, while fixed Broadband 2.0 connections will reach 64 percent.
The Cisco Broadband 2.0 Barometer, conducted by the IDC consultancy company, highlights the importance of connection infrastructures in the development of a country. As Cisco announced, due to the rise in the consumption of applications, the growing offers of service providers, and the technological evolution, the Cisco Barometer now focuses mainly on Broadband 2.0, which allows the activities of a typical user – such as video calls, social networking and standard definition video streaming – to be performed efficiently.