Telephony: Proposal to Turn Off the 2G Network

In El Salvador, businessmen are preparing a proposal for the government to disconnect the 2G telephone network, so that services migrate to 4G and 5G technology.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The initiative, which is being prepared by the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP), will be presented to the authorities during the National Meeting of Private Enterprise (Enade) 2019.

Among the actions included in the proposal is the prohibition of the importation of terminals that only support 2G services.

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Elmundo.sv reviews that "... In the first draft of this proposal, shared yesterday by ANEP, the proposal is to promote the blackout of the 2G network with the operating companies of the country and migrate to fourth and fifth generation technology. The 4G network, also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE), began operating in El Salvador at the end of 2016, a late process with respect to Latin America and its deployment is not consolidated among Salvadoran users because there is still presence of 2G technology and in greater proportion 3G."

The article adds that "... Consistent with this proposal, ANEP will ask to reduce in the next two years the tax on imports of smartphones with 4G and 5G networks, in addition to no longer extending the special tax on telephony."

According to reports from CentralAmericaData, during 2018 the main buyer of cell phones in Central America was Guatemala, with $474 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $310 million, El Salvador, with $167 million, Honduras, with $154 million, Panama, with $92 million and Nicaragua, with $34 million.

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