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.
It is estimated that 70% of accesses made in Brazil are at speeds below 1 megabit per second. When it comes to surfing the web, Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, ranks a modest 35th place in Internet quality (out of 45 ranked nations in % of connections above 5 Mbps).

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.

Evolution of the broadband market in Brazil (in millions of users)
Source: Exame
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