The opening of the cellphone market to competitors is bearing fruits.
This service, which will first be offered to post-paid customers, provides the user with the option of browsing the internet from his cellular phone. They will also offer modems for computers using the same technology.
The Telefónica company will launch its 3.5G technology network in El Salvador in June.
Hernán Ozon, Salvadoran director for Telefonica, said that despite the crisis, the company will invest $20 million to install technology that will allow users to download information from the Internet with a bandwidth of up to 6 Megs.
Tigo's new 3.5G network will provide high speed mobile internet access, video calls and TV on cellphones.
Even thought the first operator to launch their third generation network was Claro, which is own by the Mexican company America Movil, it only covers Guatemala City; meanwhile the network launched by Tigo, which is owned by the European firm Millicom Internacional Cellular (MIC), will have coverage in 65 cities, including 22 capitals of departments.
All features of a computer that is connected to the internet are now available to Claro cellular customers.
Claro, a subsidiary of America Movil, launched its 3G (Third Generation) services from the first semester of this year, with the capability of surfing at high speeds and using various software applications; nonetheless, with the continued improvements, the network is now 3.5G, said Richard Sherman, Ericsson's IT Manager for Central America and the Caribbean.
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