Ecuador slipped from 57th to 60th in GCI 2019.
Ecuador scores below the global average for most GCI indicators, especially user-experience assessments. This is despite some improvements in e-government and download speeds over the last year. However, Ecuador's 4G coverage and uptake of mobile broadband continue to improve, with mobile broadband subscriptions at a record high. However, the affordability of fixed-line and mobile broadband is dropping. This may be the result of topographical challenges: The cost of deploying fixed-line infrastructure in remote and mountainous areas is prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole. To grow Internet coverage, the government should reconfigure its spending strategy and take action to attract more foreign investment.
Ecuador is in the early development stages of e-commerce and mobile commerce, and shows positive signs of potential growth. Mobile content is expected to become very popular with the increase in smartphone penetration and the national goal of improving Internet connectivity throughout Ecuador.