LACNIC is celebrating 13 years since its creation and we are pleased to announce that we now have 5,000 Latin American and Caribbean members. This means that 1,000 new organizations and companies have joined LACNIC since our last anniversary.
This important growth is the result of the work of LACNIC and its community aimed at meeting the service region's Internet development requirements.
From our origins as a small organization serving less than 100 members, LACNIC has become a regional and global reference with more than 5,000 members.
This evolution has also been reflected in the community: by the end of 2015, the region is expected to reach 370 million users, adding 62 million new users as compared to 2014. When LACNIC was created, the average Internet penetration rate in Latin America was approximately 10% to 15%.
In addition to efficiently managing the numbering resources for the region, all this time we have attempted to be a permanent catalyst for Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean, always relying on our community.
More than 11 thousand professionals trained in technologies relating to Internet security and stability are a testament to this. Launched last year, the LACNIC Campus will allow us to significantly increase our ability to serve new professionals.
LACNIC's 5,000 members include a broad variety of entities, among them major Latin American and Caribbean Internet companies, organizations and universities.
We are delighted with our achievements and the progress we've made. At the same time, we reaffirm our commitment to providing our community with more and better services.
We have thousands of reasons to continue working with you.