We can say that In Colombia everyone has a cell phone. Whether it’s an iPhone or an “arrow” is another matter, but the entire country has at least one phone. In Colombia, there are about 51.39 million people, of which 82% reside in urban areas. However, a curious fact is that the number of connected phones exceeds the size of the population which is 50.88 million (as of 2020).
In total there are 65.75 million deviceswhich would indicate that mathematically each Colombian has an average of 1.2 cell phones; but in real terms at least one phone. This was indicated by the statistical report prepared by Branch, about the local digital situation.
Equally, the number of users connected to the Internet is 35.5 million, while the number of active users on social networks is 45.80 million. This means that 69.1% of the total population has access to the service and about 81% have a profile created in these media.
In the last 12 months, the number of Internet users increased 2.2%, which translates into 770 million more people. However, the number of users connected to social networks was not far behind and showed a rise of 7.2%. This indicates that by 2022 another 2.8 million profiles were created, according to the research.
According to what was expressed by the Minister of ICT, Carmen Ligia Valderrama, “these results show that the country is on the right path to achieve greater connectivity and better provision of Internet service. Proof of this is that 64 megabit per second (mbps) was the average download speed of the national fixed Internet reached as of September 2021, which represents an increase of more than 30 mbps in the last year.
Regarding the number of the population and connected cell phones, their path towards a positive trend has also been observed. According to the registry, there are 325,000 more people in the country and, in parallel, 4.4 million new devices. In colombia, mobile phones (98%), including smartphones (97%), occupy the first two positions among the most used.
They are followed by laptop or desktop computers (74%); tablets (34%); video game consoles (29%); smartwatches (21%); smart TVs (16%) and lastly, devices for the home as well as virtual reality devices, with 10% and 4%, respectively.
On average, people between 16 and 64 years spend 10 hours a day using the Internet; three hours watching television; almost four hours using social networks; an hour and a half getting information through press articles; almost two hours listening to music; more than an hour listening to the radio and using video game consoles and at least 51 minutes listening to a podcast.
This same study indicates that Although the Internet is accessible to more than 50% of the population in Colombia, it cannot be compared with other services such as water and electricitywhich are essential for more than 90% of the population. At least 70% of citizens use it to find information, investigate or stay in contact with friends and family; and to a lesser extent, for financial management and business research.