New study reveals statistics on cable and Internet service in Peru


In Lima, 24.5 percent of homes have Internet service, while in rural Peru, only 0.3 percent of homes do. (Photo: El Comercio archive)

According to a new technical study done by Peru’s nacional statistics agency, “Information and Communication Technology in Homes, October-December 2010,” 27.1 percent of the country’s homes have cable television service, representing a 2.3 percentage point increase since 2009.

By area of residence, the largest growth in cable service took place in urban areas not including metropolitan Lima, with 3.6 percentage points (growing from 21.3 percent to 24.9 percent). Metropolitan Lima followed with a growth of 1.6 percentage points, growing from 48.1 to 49.7 percent, while rural areas grew 0.9 percentage points, from 1.9 to 2.8 percent.

The study also revealed that the number of homes that have mobile telephone service in rural areas grew 11 percentage points, to 48.6 percent. In metropolitan Lima, 82.6 percent of homes have mobile telephones, for an overall national mobile coverage rate of 73 percent.

As for computing, 34.4 percent of homes in metropolitan Lima have at least one computer. In other urban areas, the percentage is 27.4, while in rural areas it is 2.3.

Also in metropolitan Lima, 24.5 percent of homes have Internet service, which represents a 4.2 percent increase over 2009. In other urban areas, 11.8 percent of homes have Internet, while in rural areas the percentage is only 0.3.