Two Cellular Phones Per Panamanian

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

Monday, April 13, 2009

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

In terms of active numbers, 3 million of the total assigned lines means "one cellular phone number in operation for each inhabitant."

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Fewer Mobile Phone Operators

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If the bill that has already been approved in a first debate in Congress successful, the Panamanian mobile telephone market will have only three participants, instead of four, as at present.

The aim of the bill is "... to consolidate the market so that the necessary investments in infrastructure can be achieved and thus technologically renew coverage of these services in Panama."

Number Portability in Panama

September 2013

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.

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

Panama: 5.2 Million Mobile Phone Lines

January 2010

The country's 4 telecom operators manage 5.276.950 active mobile phone lines.

According to data provided by the Public Services Authority (ASEP), the market leader is Cable and Wireless with 50.4% of the market, followed by Movistar with 29.1%.

Newspaper reported that Digicel stands third with 18.3%, while Claro is fourth, with 2.2% of the market.

Panama: Strong Competition in Cellular Telephone Services

April 2009

The four mobile phone companies will compete for the market with heavy promotions and aggressive strategies in Panama.

Competition between Digicel, Telefónica Movistar, +Mobile Cable & Wireless and Claro in order to attract more customers with prepaid service plans has increased.

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