El Salvador is the Central America's leader in cell phone use

By the end of 2008, El Salvador had the largest number of cell phones per person in Central America, with 6.6 million for a population of 5.8 million.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Experts say the large number of cell phones is a reflection of consumerism, promoted by intense advertising campaigns. Another factor that has played a role is the large number of Salvadorans living abroad, many of whom communicate with their families back home via mobile phone.

According to El Salvador’s telecoms regulatory agency, SIGET, 90 percent of mobile lines in the country are prepaid, which is usually more expensive than postpaid or billing, due to higher costs per minute.

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From 3.1 million lines in 2004, mobile telephony in Guatemala has increased sevenfold, amounting to to 20.7 million lines at the end of 2011.

In the second half of 2011, more than two million new users were added to the market, making the number of users around the country at the end of December 2011 20.7 million, according to the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT).

Salvadoran Telecoms in All-Out Commercial War

September 2010

Tigo, Claro, Movistar and Digicel have trimmed some of their prices up to 50%, looking for a larger slice of the telecommunications market.

They have implemented various promotions, ranging from lower international, land and mobile phone calls, internet access and cable television to cell phones that can be acquired from as low as $7.

Digicel El Salvador Lowers Calling Rates

December 2009

The company will charge $0.14 per minute when calling users of different networks, and 6.7% less when calling other Digicel users.

These new rates are the lowest mobile phone rates available in the country.

"Digicel was one of two companies who didn't participate in the rate agreement between Telefónica, Tigo and Claro", reported Laprensagrafica.com.

Telephony Rates Lowered in El Salvador

December 2009

Three companies decided to reduce mobile phone rates for calls between the same network.

The reductions go from 40% to 50%, depending on each customer's calling plan.

"6 million customers from Claro, Tigo and Telefónica will benefit from these measures, while Digicel is still considering if they join this agreement", reported Elsalvador.com.

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