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Puerto Rico
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Internet Usage Statistics:
1,000,000 Internet users as of June, 2005;
25.3% of the population, according to PRW.

Puerto Rico - officially called The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico - is a United States territory with Commonwealth status, located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico, the smallest of the Greater Antilles, includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, the largest of which are Mona, Vieques, and Culebra. The nature of Puerto Rico’s political relationship with the United States is the subject of ongoing debate in the island and also in the United Nations. Those who support maintaining the status quo (the Commonwealth status) insist that upon attaining this status, Puerto Rico entered into a voluntary association with the U.S. However opponents of Commonwealth disagree: according to some, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States, subject to the plenary powers of the United States Congress; and to others, a colony with the right to govern itself as an independent country.

Latest Population Estimate:

3,957,098 population for 2008, according to Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita was US$ 13,648 for 2005, according to the World Bank.

Land Size (Area):
Puerto Rico has 9,104 sq km - Population Density is 435 persons per sq km.

Weather in Puerto Rico:
See the weather at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Travel to Puerto Rico:
The travel information for Puerto Rico.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source




5.0 %

US$ 8,960





25.2 %

US$ 13,648


Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Official Puerto Rico Statistics
Puerto Rico Statistics

Search Engines and Directories:
Puerto Rico Search Engines

Puerto Rico Open Directory


Puerto Rico Profile

Puerto Rico in the Wikipedia
Country history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.

Puerto Rico in the CIA Factbook
Information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.

BBC Puerto Rico Profile
Up to date resume about local leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Puerto Rico e-Government Page
The Puerto Rico portal, with many useful links, in Spanish.

Telecommunications Reports for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Region

Puerto Rico Telecommunications - Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
Puerto Rico is among the most advanced telecom markets in Latin America, with one of the highest rates of teledensity, mobile penetration, and Internet users per capita. Yet, despite being a US territory, Spanish speaking Puerto Rico is far behind the USA in terms of fixed lines and broadband uptake. Mobile telephony is the most dynamic sector in Puerto Rico’s telecom industry, while fixed lines stagnate. The local call market remains heavily dominated by the incumbent, Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC). The long-distance and mobile markets, on the other hand, are extremely competitive. With a flourishing VoIP business, a growing broadband market, and a healthy cable TV sector, Puerto Rico is a promising target for convergence strategies. This report provides an overview of the island’s telecom sector, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and forecasts.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - Anguilla to Bermuda Report
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados and Bermuda. It includes information about fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - British Virgin Islands to Monserrat Report
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Montserrat. It includes information about fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - Netherlands Antilles to US Virgin Islands
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in Netherlands Antilles, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands. Covers fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics
Almost all Caribbean countries offer a full range of telecom services, despite being characterised by small markets in terms of population. Liberalisation agreements have been reached in most countries. The major mobile players are the incumbent Cable & Wireless and Digicel which, in June 2005, agreed to acquire all the Caribbean operations of Cingular Wireless. The region’s mobile subscriber base is concentrated in the hands of these two major players, with only a few smaller companies edging their way into the newly liberalised markets. This Paul Budde report provides an overview of the Caribbean’s telecom sector accompanied by relevant statistics and a brief profile of the major players.
See report table of contents

Broadband, ICT and Consumer E-Commerce in
Puerto Rico

October 2006 Review

Alcatel announced that it is building a new submarine cable network for South Caribbean Fiber (SCF), a subsidiary of the LORET Group. Scheduled for completion in mid-2007, the network extension will connect Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad. In addition, it will interconnect with two other networks - the Global Caribbean Network (GCN), linking Guadeloupe to Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands, through the St. Martin and the St. Barthelemy islands, and the Middle Caribbean Network (MCN), which links Martinique and Dominica. Both the GCN and MCN are subsidiaries of LORET Group.

The all-IP network will have greatly increased capacity and will span about 1,000 km. Combined with the GCN and MCN, the entire network will span 2,100 km. The new network will deliver next generation services to both businesses and residential users in the Caribbean. Through this extension the 14 islands of the Caribbean will connect, from Trinidad to St. Croix and Puerto Rico, and from there directly to Miami in the USA. This submarine network will provide broadband network capacity at economical pricing for the next 20 years or more to the Caribbean region.

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