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
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.