Latin America will reach over 388 million mobile lines in service at the end of this year, accounting for 9.6 percent of the overall mobile lines in service worldwide, according to the Information Society index (ISI) established by consulting firm Everis. Brazil is expected to end the year with 143.2 million phones, Mexico with 76.9 million and Argentina with 44.8 million, which together account for nearly seven of every ten mobile lines in the region.
Mobile networks cover the entire populations only in Uruguay and Chile, while in Ecuador and Colombia they reach 84 percent of the population. Bolivia has the lowest mobile coverage, reaching only 45.9 percent of the country’s population. Argentina registers a higher mobile penetration than population coverage, with 102.2 mobile phones per 100 inhabitants.