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.
Elsalvador.com reported statements from the executive in an article in which he explained that those who acquire the 3.5G technology "will be able to connect to the Internet and download files at very high speeds. They can also make video calls, meaning that they can not only talk to the other person, but see him/her on the mobile phone screen."
Despite the crisis, the company had a 6% increase in profits in the first three months of 2009 when compared with the same period in 2008, and it plans to invest $30 million this year.
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.
Telefonica Movistar launch the first 3.5G network in Panama yesterday which will provide better mobile internet connection.
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.
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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