Panama: World’s 5th-Highest Wireless Penetration

Mexico is among the top ten wireless markets worldwide. (Photo: Revista del Consumidor, Mexico)

Brazil and Mexico among world’s top ten wireless markets.


Panama has the world’s fifth-highest wireless penetration, according to a Latinvex analysis of data from the International Telecommunications Union for 233 countries.

Panama has a penetration rate of 189 percent.  Only four other countries worldwide have higher rates: Macao, Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia and Montenegro.

Meanwhile, Cuba ranks among the top laggards in the world, with a penetration rate of only 8.9 percent. That’s the third-lowest worldwide. Only Myanmar and North Korea have lower rates.

Brazil remains the top wireless market by subscribers:  202.9 million. That also makes it the sixth-largest wireless market in the world. Mexico, with 91.4 million, ranks as the second wireless market in Latin America and ninth worldwide, according to another Latinvex analysis of ITU data.


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