Cellular Phone Business in the Region

Cellular phone companies had revenues of $3.68 billion in Central America during 2008, an increase of 23% over 2007.

Monday, May 18, 2009

In the revenue breakdown, the growth of billing for content services is highlighted, and within these services SMS (short text messages) are included. These are the most important segments with $376 million billed in 2008. The set of content services grew from $276 million in 2007 to $480 million in 2008.

An article by Carlos Cordero Pérez in Elfinancierocr.com noted that Jose Magana, an analyst at Pyramid Research for Latin America said: "From here on, the countries that will experience the most growth are Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras, in that order."

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+Movil 2.5 million users send 17 million short text messages each month.

Costa Rica is Behind in Cellular Telephones

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In the region, it is the country with the lowest level of penetration and lowest growth in cellular service with 1.8 million subscribers.

As of December 2008 the penetration of cellular phones in Costa Rica is 19.4%, according to statistics published by the International Telecommunications Union (UIT acronym in Spanish).

Costa Rica: New reversal for 3-G technology

April 2008

A new stumbling block has triggered anxiety in users who urgently need the new advanced technology. Authorities note the stage of projects for improving connectivity.

"They told us that the third generation of cellular telephones could be ready for 2008 and we're still waiting for it. The internet conection using 2-G cell phones is inadequate."

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