Beginning at midnight on April 22, landlines will add a two and cell phones an eight before the current number.
Victor Garcia, Director of Regulation and Interconnection for Claro Enitel (owned by América Móvil), told The Prensa.com.ni: "At no time will the changes affect the economy of the users of the sector, instead the benefits are more extensive because there will now be a more modern network with services such as Internet and satellite tracking through GPS, among others. The idea is to grow as the region does so that our services are competitive."
Between December 2015 and June 2016 the number of fixed telephone lines grew by 40%, while the number of mobile lines grew by only 3% in the same period.
Figures from the Superintendency of Telecommunications in Guatemala show that the number of fixed telephones lines went from 1,710,000 in December 2015 to 2,400,000 in June last year, while the total number of mobile lines increased from 18.1 million to 18.6 million.
In response to approval of a new tax of $0.65 per telephone line, operating companies have returned 6 million lines to the Telecommunications Superintendency.
Representatives from Claro, Tigo and Telefónica each returned 2 million inactive numbers with the aim of adjusting their internal policies to adapt to the new tax which will come into effect next year.
Fixed residential telephony will drop 26% and the minimum rate for post-paid landlines will be $6.94.
The cost of calling from a landline to a mobile one will drop $0.02, from $0.26 to $0.24.
From Laprensagrafica.com: “The decree also sets at $0.09 the termination cost in either mobile or fixed networks. ‘Users may not be charged above the maximum fee for any extra air time or network usage’ reads the decree”.
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