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Private operators invest a record USD650m in 2008 (Honduras)

The Head of Planning of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), Carlos Barahona, says private telecoms operators invested a record USD650 million in their Honduran networks in 2008, up from USD356 million in 2007 and USD133.6 million a year earlier.  Speaking to the El Heraldo newspaper, Barahona said that he expects the trend will continue in the medium-term as Tigo, Claro, Digicel and Hondutel’s fledgling mobile arm Honducel fight for new subscribers in a market where cellular penetration reached close to 75% at the end of last year. At that date the incumbents’ combined user base reached 5,823,915 active lines, up from 4.184 million a year earlier. 

Digicel earmarked a reported USD450 million in its networks and services, including the payment of USD80.1 million for the licence it won in late 2007. Tigo also invested around USD150 million to expand its network, the paper said. In 2009 Digicel is expected to invest between USD150-USD200 million to further improve its reach and service quality, while Tigo has reportedly set aside USD100-USD150 million and Claro USD50-USD100 million.

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January 20, 2009 at 18:21 Leave a comment

Hondutel CEO claims strong mobile growth despite competition

The mobile arm of Honduran national PTO Hondutel is making headway in the sector despite intense local competition, says company CEO Jorge Alberto Rosa, as reported by BNamericas quoting an interview with local daily La Tribuna. ‘We continue to grow; in the area of Santa Rosa de Copan we are finishing the installation of new offices and we are ready to offer mobile telephony,’ the CEO said. Hondutel, through Honducel, launched mobile services in July 2007 but has reputedly struggled to flourish due to its solely urban coverage. The service, which is available in the capital Tegucigalpa as well as in San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Juticalpa, Catacamas and 200 other communities, has 80,000 users.

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January 14, 2009 at 17:16 Leave a comment

Digicel ups mobile coverage, prepares for WiMAX launch (Honduras)

Latin American mobile operator Digicel (Honduras) has expanded its mobile coverage to five additional municipalities in Honduras, BNamericas writes citing an article in local paper El Heraldo. The five areas covered are in the departments of Atlantida, Francisco Morazan, Choluteca, Olancho and Cortes, it said. Irish-owned mobile group Digicel became the fourth wireless operator in Honduras when it launched commercially in November this year. It intends to invest USD450 million (including USD80.1 million for its licence) to deploy at least 1,200 cellsites and other related infrastructure and currently has 500 points of sale nationwide. Digicel is looking to sign up 5,000 customers by year-end and hopes to become the country’s second largest mobile operator within a year of launching.

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December 24, 2008 at 12:15 Leave a comment


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