Brazil Boasts 14 Million Online

South America, the 4th largest continent, accounts for 12 percent of the Earth’s land mass and is home to more than 355 million citizens. Only 27 million individuals online, however, creating an Internet penetration rate of just 8 percent.

Chile has the highest penetration rate with 20 percent of its nearly 15.5 million citizens online, while Brazil boasts the greatest number of users – almost 14 million. Guyana and Uruguay are not far behind, with penetration rates of 14 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Interestingly, only 1 percent of Bolivia’s 8.445 million citizens are online, but the country has 9 ISPs, and Ecuador’s online population of 2 percent share 31 ISPs.


South America Internet Usage
Population Internet Users Penetration ISPs
Argentina 37,812,817 3,880,000 10% 33
Bolivia 8,445,134 78,000 1% 9
Brazil 176,029,560 13,980,000 8% 50
Chile 15,498,930 3,100,000 20% 7
Colombia 41,008,227 1,150,000 3% 18
Ecuador 13,447,494 328,000 2% 31
French Guiana 182,333 2,000 1% 2
Guyana 698,209 95,000 14% 3
Islas Malvinas
(Falkland Islands)
2,967 NA NA 2
Paraguay 5,884,491 20,000 > 1% 4
Peru 27,949,639 3,000,000 11% 10
Suriname 436,494 14,500 3% 2
Uruguay 3,386,575 400,000 12% 14
Venezuela 24,287,670 1,300,000 5% 16
TOTAL 355,070,540 27,347,500 8% 201
Source: CIA’s World Factbook

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