Panama: Telecom Regulation

A law project regulating Telecom companies was sanctioned by the government.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Phone companies will have to register and keep data on users of mobile and fixed telephony and communication networks.

The proposal by Martinelli's administration intends to fight organized crime, which uses these technological advancements in their felonies.

Under the proposal, information obtained by telecom companies will be delivered to the Public Ministry, as long as it is authorized by the Supreme Court of Justice.

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Nicaragua Expands Numbers in Telephone Network

April 2009

On April 22, landline and cellular numbers in the telephone network will have eight digits.

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 "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."

Honduras Approves Wiretapping Law

December 2011

The National Congress has passed a special law on the Interception of Communications.

The new legislation allows the authorities to listen to telephone conversations and tap emails, bank accounts and internet services of those suspected of illegal activities.

The aim of the new law is to combat organized crime in the form of kidnapping, extortion, contract killings, car thefts, and drug trafficking, among other things.

Guatemala: Tax on Telephony Suspended

January 2015

The application of tax of $0.65 per mobile phone line that had been proposed by the Executive to fund part of the 2015 budget has been temporarily suspended.

The Constitutional Court temporarily suspended the collection of the tax on telephone lines after the Chamber of Industry and the three phone companies operating in the country submitted an appeal against the tax.

Lower Telephony Rates in El Salvador

April 2010

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 “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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