About this data base

This tool seeks to make the information that DIRSI's researchers use in there work on access to ICTs more accesible with the objective of providing clear and useful quantitative information to the many stakeholders involved in the area.

The data in the data base includes:


Mobile usage baskets:

In order to compare the various plans and tariffs offered the OECD's basket of mobile telephone services was used. The tariffs shown here represent the low usage basket, made up of approximately 30 short calls and 33 SMS messages per month. For more information on the baskets see the methodological annex of Hernan Galperin's Tariffs and affordability gap of mobile telephony services in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Currency conversions:
For the conversion of tariffs to USD the average exchange rate during the month of May 2009 as reported by was used.

For the conversion of tariffs to purchasing power parity USD (PPP) the IMF's conversion rates were used.

GNP per capita:
Source: UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Income per decile:
Income per decile was obtained from the database published by CEDLAS and the World Bank "Socioeconomic database for Latin America and the Caribbean" with data from 2008 updated for inflation (using data from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Sources:

Number of connections:
The total number of mobile telephone lines in each country. Source: Wireless Intelligence.

Mobile Herfindahl-Hirschman Index:
The normalised Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) ranges from near 0 to 1. May 2009 data from Wireless Intelligence is used.  A HHI index below 0.01 indicates a highly competitive index, below 0.1 indicates an unconcentrated index, between 0.1 to 0.18 indicates moderate concentration, above 0.18 indicates high concentration. Costa Rica's monopoly mobile service provider gives it a HHI index of 1.0.

Mobile Market penetration:
Source: Wireless Intelligence.