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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.
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.