Number Portability in Panama

After the appearance of number portability in Panama, Claro is the company that has attracted the most users, with 94,773, while only 12,396 have switched to another company.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Following this company is Movistar who "... has gained 26,517 users, Más Móvil with 26,540 and in last place Digicel, which has attracted only 17,258 users, according to a study by the polling company Ipsos" published Panamaamerica.com.pa.

Although this company has gained the greatest advantage from number portability it only controls 12% of the Panamanian market. The companies that surpass it are Mas Movil with 53% and Movistar with 26%, while Digicel controls 9% of the more than 5.4 million active cell phone lines.

According to Antonio Garcia, marketing manager for Claro, in the next few years they will invest over $150 million, driven by increased data traffic through phones and the emergence of new mobile applications and games.

He said that the company invested about $600 million five years ago when it was first settled in Panama. Garcia said the company it has not received earnings as such as it has all been reinvested.



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Competition in the Mobile Phone Market

February 2018

Since rules came into effect on number portability, Costa Rica's state telephone company has lost 559 thousand lines, which have swelled the client lists of the two foreign competitors that operate in the mobile telephony market.

The possibility of keeping the same cell phone number and changing operator has existed since November 2013, and since then, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad  (ICE) has lost almost 560 thousand lines, which passed into the hands of Telefónica, which operates the brand Movistar, and Claro, a brand of the Mexican company América Móvil.

Democracy vs. Public Corporations

April 2013

The Costa Rica state telecom company is moving away from the purpose that justifies its existence and is impeding the exercise of the popular will in terms of the cellular market opening up.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), after using every piece of legal chicanery imaginable to prevent the implementation of number portability, is now simply saying "I WONT SIGN", citing technical insolvency as its reason for not integrating the system that allows users to migrate from one cellular communication provider to another, while keeping their phone number.

El Salvador Seeing Little Progress in Number Portability

July 2010

Telecom companies are blaming authorities, arguing these lack the required technical skills to implement it.

At a meeting between congressmen and delegates from telecommunications companies Telecom, Claro, Movistar and Digicel, the latter stated they agree with number portability, but argue that the Telecommunications Superintendence (Siget) lacks the required technical capacity to undertake this project.

Two Cellular Phones Per Panamanian

April 2009

Cell-phone companies have 6.6 million wireless phone numbers allocated, but only 3 million are active.

Through March 2009, Cable & Wireless (C&W) and Telefónica Móviles (Movistar) have 2.7 million lines each, Digicel has 900 thousand and Claro Panama, which has just begun operations, has 300 thousand, according to data from the National Authority for Public Services published by Prensa.com.

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