Infrastructure

The WEF Global Competitiveness Report (2013) ranked the quality of overall infrastructure of Honduras 97th out of 144 countries. Among the categories, the quality of port infrastructure performed within their region comparatively well, whereas the railroad infrastructure and electricity supply are notable for their poor performance. The main obstacles to foreign investors in the railway freight transportation, port operation, and electricity transmission exist primarily due to publicly owned enterprises with monopolistic market structures. The financial sector is under-development and has high costs of/limited access to trade finance, and low efficiency in commodity markets. In recent years, the government has engaged in liberalisation and the opening up of the main infrastructure services in an effort to increase their competitiveness. Whist anti-monopoly rules are considered to exist and are supervised by the Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Competition; the rules are not consistently enforced. One example exists for fixed telephony, ‘Hondutel’ continues to hold a monopoly, but has granted concessions to sub-operators for domestic telephony and the company maintains exclusive control over international calls. As such, the existence of anti-competitive practices acts as major barriers to lowering costs and increasing the coverage and supply of services.

Source: World Economic Forum, 2013, Global Competitiveness Report

Indicator Value Rank/148
Quality of overall infrastructure How would you assess general infrastructure (e.g., transport, telephony, and energy) in your country? [1 = extremely underdeveloped—among the worst in the world; 7 = extensive and efficient—among the best in the world] | 2012–13 weighted average. 3.01 106
Quality of roads How would you assess roads in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 2.92 105
Quality of railroad infrastructure How would you assess the railroad system in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. n/a n/a
Quality of port infrastructure How would you assess port facilities in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = well-developed and efficient by international standards). For landlocked countries, this measures the ease of access to port facilities and inland waterways | 2010, 2011. 3.90 80
Quality of air transport infrastructure How would you assess passenger air transport infrastructure in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 3.99 91
Individuals using Internet (%) Internet users are people with access to the worldwide network. 92.87 94
Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop According to the World Bank, mobile cellular telephone subscriptions are subscriptions to a public mobile telephone service using cellular technology, which provides access to switched telephone technology. Postpaid and prepaid subscriptions are included. This can also include analogue and digital cellular systems but should not include non-cellular systems. Subscribers to fixed wireless, public mobile data services, or radio paging services are not included. 18.12 97
Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop: The International Telecommunication Union considers broadband to be any dedicated connection to the Internet of 256 kilobits per second or faster, in both directions. Broadband subscribers refers to the sum of DSL, cable modem and other broadband (for example, fiber optic, fixed wireless, apartment LANs, satellite connections) subscribers. 0.77 103