Internet Access Grows in Panama

The number of users has tripled over the past 5 years, from 422.000 in 2005 to 1.4 million in 2010.

Monday, March 21, 2011

As the number of customers rise, access speeds have increased and prices have dropped. A 4MB service is currently available for less than $ 20 a month and in certain locations at the capital, connections between 15 and 25 MB for residential use are offered.

"Diego Eleta, manager of Cable Onda, one of the first companies to offer fiber optic internet service in Panama, believes demand has soared in recent years because a high percentage of users are under 25 years, and this segment uses social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter which demand higher speeds," reported

The company invested $ 15 million over the last three years in platform technology, while rival Cable & Wireless invested $ 10 million to provide speeds of up to 25 MB.

While most of the high-speed access is via ADSL and cable modem, wireless connections are starting to become popular. Claro Panama informed that since 2009, it has invested $ 200 million on its 3.5 G network, which enables speeds of up to 21 MB.

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In order to meet the growing demand for mobile connectivity Cable and Wireless is expanding its cellular network in Panama City and Colon.

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Telecommunications Market in Panama

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The entrance into the market by Digicel and Claro in 2009 has caused cellular telephony prices to fall and increased competition in promotions and special offers.

Overall, telecommunications sales in Panama are expected to exceed $1 billion in 2010, with most growth in broadband Internet and mobile phone services.

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