More Belizeans look to Facebook and social media for news


Monday, September 7th 2015. BMG: As the Internet become more popular and utilized in Belize, more and more Belizeans seek online mediums to communicate, market and promote their products and services. The Internet has also become key in delivering news in an unprecedented and timely manner than ever before and as such Belize Media Group’s (BMG) content has reached over 1.3 million people so far in 2015.

BMG is accessible through its webpage, its Facebook page, Twitter, newsletter and other social media outlets including Google Plus and Linked In. BMG has also had over five million page views for this year alone and as more people gain access to the Internet and join Facebook the company expects that number to grow and thanks the Belizean public for their continued support.

A survey conducted earlier this year by Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-Pulse found that over 36 percent of Belize’s population uses the popular social media site Facebook. They also found that Belize has one of the slowest Internet speeds in the region.

According to that report, 118,000 Belizeans representing over 36 percent of the country’s populations is active on Facebook as of March 2015. In their 2014 survey, that number was just over 28 percent of the population and the year before that number was 23 percent.

Most other Caribbean nations out of 24 surveyed saw increases in activity on Facebook as well. ICT-Pulse attributed a significant portion of the increase to the growing teenage population in the region being that the minimum age to create an account is 13.

The largest number of Facebook members was recorded in the Dominican Republic at 3.6 million members, which was followed by Puerto Rico with approximately 2 million and Jamaica with 960,000. In contrast, the smallest Facebook memberships were recorded in Anguilla at around 8,200 then the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands at around 12,600 and 18,800 respectively.

A survey of download and upload speeds revealed that Belize’s speeds are still among the lowest in the region and the world. The survey of Internet speeds considered 198 countries globally and Belize ranked 174th and was third lowest in the Caribbean.

The only countries in the region with lower speeds than Belize were Guyana and Cuba. Aruba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the Bahamas were atop the list of 27 Caribbean countries for fastest download and upload speeds.


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