The slow Internet is one of the main bottlenecks in the Brazilian economy. Brazil has quickly become one of the largest global markets for computers and smartphones (and soon tablets), but what would seemingly be a step forward is gradually becoming a risk of a cyber-blackout. The reason behind this is the mismatch between the explosive surge in Internet traffic and an insufficient increase in telecommunication infrastructure.
Growing broadband Internet in Brazil requires heavy private investments, but the government must do its part, although it doesn’t seem too ambitious about it. Demand grows exponentially in the country (see graph below), but service quality is poor.