Paid TV and Broadband Market

In 2015 Central America will sell $2 billion in paid television and broadband services, both wireless and cable.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A report from consulting company Signals Telecom foresees a battle in broadband services, as the average speeds offered in Central America are below South American and Caribbean averages.

They also expect competition to cause improvements in 3G coverage, and the introduction of more added value services.

Recent developments in this area are the start of operations of Russian company Yota in Nicaragua and the fact that in Costa Rica, after the liberalization of the telecomm market, former monopoly ICE took too long to offer paid TV, and this could cause more clients to switch to one of the new upcoming players.

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