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Internet Usage In Jamaica
by Kesha Stewart, Associate Writer

If I need to use the Internet in my locale, I purchase a top up of credit from any of the available sources, including online. Next I add it to my mobile phone and purchase an Internet plan that suits my needs - (Some others in my locale have WiFi).

At other times I go to the local library, Internet café or business establishment to get WiFi. Surely, one of the 715, 415 persons ( who use Internet in Jamaica, I have the world at my fingertips!

Since the telecommunications sector has been freed up in the mid to late 1990’s Jamaicans have been using the Internet more. Internet usage, broadband, information technology and telecommunications reports, attest to growth of the Internet.

Liberalization of the telecommunications sector means that there is a stiff struggle between the two main internet service providers, Flow (formerly LIME) and Digicel.

We consumers however benefit because now we have fiber optic technology and a variety of phones from which to choose. 

Jamaica has over 300 thousand landlines and 2.5 million cell phone users. About half of Jamaica’s population of 2.8 million people have access to the Internet at home, at work, at school or through their mobile phones which is one of the highest in the region.

Access to the internet is quickly spreading out from urban centers such and Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay and becoming more accessible in the interior and more rural areas of the island. Thanks to several local wireless internet providers including:

And there are lots more too, just search Yello (the local yello pages), for a more comprehensive listing of all the internet service providers in Jamaica.

And by the way, did you know that?

  •  Thirty-eight per cent of Jamaicans use the Internet at least once each day?
  • Sending and receiving email is the number one reason for using the internet here?
  • More than 600,000 Jamaicans  access Social Media.
    In my local community, this is the number 1 reason for internet usage.
  • Educational is the third highest reason for use of internet in Jamaica?
  • Jamaicans who use the internet to do business are in the minority?

The Historical Context - Internet Usage In Jamaica

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The above was quoted InternetWorldStats.com. Notice that Jamaica has rose from an insignificant internet penetration of 2.3% in the year 2000, to 53.6% in just 14 years! 

Pretty impressive isn't it?
And that trend has continued.

Be sure to stay tuned for the latest publication as they are made available.

Posted: April 24, 2017

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