Digicel and Claro sign contracts for Panama wireless concessions

Ireland-based Digicel and Claro, a unit of Mexico's América Móvil, signed contracts for the provision of wireless service in Panama, where their concessions oblige them to install four radio bases.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Manuel Troitiño, telecommunications director of the National Public Services Authority (ASEP), said both companies would have to apply to ASEP for frequencies or microwave links between the radio bases.

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The company, which has operated in the country since 2008, is to invest in expanding its voice and data network.

The company currently has 25% of the telecommunications market in Panama and has set a short term goal to position iteself in second place among companies operating in the market.

Panama: Digicel and Claro with 30% of Market in 2015

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Pyramid Research predicts that Digicel will reach 21.3% of the mobile market and Claro 11.7% in 2015.

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Claro Panama Defers Entry until April

February 2009

Complications with antennae installations have impeded the business from operating since December 27, the previously anticipated date.

An article in dialogociudadano.com reports that: "Claro faced problems when placing the antennaes, after installing four base radio stations and their telephone central." And that, "Some of the communities in which antennas where to be installed protested until it impeded construction based on arguments that went from aesthetic and environmental concerns to health risks."

Digicel enters cellular competition in Panama

December 2008

Digicel Panama, announce its strategy that the company will use to start competing this month in Panama against Cable & Wireless and Telefonica Movil.

The operations of Digicel starts with an investment of more than $350 million, a new GSM/EDGE network and the opening of the more than 100 exclusive stores countrywide on Tuesday.

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