Claro with 40% of the Salvadoran Market

America Movil, which owns Claro, acquired 100% of Digicel and will have about 2.96 million users.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

According to the General Superintendence of Telecommunications (SIGET), the country has about 7.4 million cell phone users.

"At least for the next six months and a maximum 12 - which is how long the merger could take - customers of both companies and the overall market will continue to see them as separate companies," adds

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Guatemala: Cell Phone Use Grows by 6.7%

May 2013

During 2012, mobile telephony saw a total of almost 21 million users, an increase of 6.7% compared to 2011.

According to statistics from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SIT) in the past 9 years, mobile telephony has grown by 556%.

In 2003, Guatemala had more than three million subscribers, however, the figures indicate that as of 2009 the market stagnated and growth per year reduced to a million customers.

Claro - Digicel Merger Request Received

July 2012

The Competition Superintendence of El Salvador has acknowledged receipt of a new request for the acquisition of 100% of Digicel’s shares by Claro in March 2012.

From a communciation from the Superintendence of Competition (SC):

SC Receives new application from CLARO - DIGICEL

America Movil Confirms Purchase of Digicel in Honduras

December 2011

The Mexican telephony giant announced it has completed the acquisition of phone company Digicel in Honduras.

A press release from American Mobile reads:

America Movil, announced today (November 30, 2011) that as part of the agreement with Digicel Group Limited and its affiliates ("Digicel") during the first quarter of 2011, has acquired on this date 100% of Digicel’s operations in Honduras and sold to Digicel its operations in Jamaica.

El Salvador is the Central America's leader in cell phone use

January 2009

By the end of 2008, El Salvador had the largest number of cell phones per person in Central America, with 6.6 million for a population of 5.8 million.

Experts say the large number of cell phones is a reflection of consumerism, promoted by intense advertising campaigns. Another factor that has played a role is the large number of Salvadorans living abroad, many of whom communicate with their families back home via mobile phone.

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