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Broadband in Latin America

Beyond connectivity

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The policy analyses and proposals presented in this book focus on national programmes to foster universal broadband access and the debate on Internet neutrality. The study of the current trends highlights the progress of cloud computing and the new developments induced by the entrance of over-the-top operators in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This book underscores the need to expand regional and national Internet traffic exchange points (IXPs) and the relevance of the increasing demand gap, which poses new challenges beyond those related to access and connectivity.

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The advance of cloud computing

A topic of growing importance in the information technologies (IT) field is cloud computing also known as cloud services, “the cloud”, computational cloud or cloud concepts. Like all new trends, cloud computing has sparked different opinions. There are those who see in it many benefits and others who claim it is nothing new or who view it as a passing fad. What is clear is that cloud computing in Latin America, both in government offices and in private firms, continues to grow rapidly. The adoption of cloud computing services is expanding primarily because their architecture offers the benefits of shared services over isolated products. Shared services help an organization focus on its core business and enable its departments to reduce the gap between available computing capacity (which is frequently oversized) and systems demand (generally low-volume, with occasional peaks). This results in a much more efficient usage-based model.

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