Tigo: Leader in Guatemalan Market

Tigo controls 48% of the cellular market, with over 4.9 million subscribers.

Friday, July 31, 2009


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The remainder of the market is distributed between Claro and Telefónica, according to data from the International Telecommunications Union.

"... the number of cell phones in Guatemala has doubled during the past 5 years. In 2003 there were 49 phones for each 100 inhabitants. This figure was 109 in 2008", reported Elperiodico.com.gt.

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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.

Mobile Phone Users Up 15.8% in Guatemala

March 2010

By the end of 2009, there were 17.307.459 mobile phone lines in the country.

This represents an increase of 2.35 million when compared to 2008, according to the Telecommunications Superintendence.

Tigo is the market leader with 6,63 million users (38.39%), followed by Claro with 6,45 million (37.37%), and Movistar with 4.20 million (24.30%).

Tigo launches third generation network in Guatemala

August 2008

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.

Guatemala: 18.5 Million Cellular Lines

August 2011

The increase in the number of mobile phone line users during the first half of 2011 was almost half a million.

As of 30 June, the total number of lines stood at 18,528,667, an increase of 5.7% compared to the same period in 2010, according to preliminary information from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SIT).

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