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El Salvador: investing in 4G

Monday, February 20, 2017


Remote site management, e-commerce, and employee productivity, including the option of telecommuting, are expected to gain strength in El Salvador, where access is spreading to 4G telecom.

Digicel El Salvador last week announced that it will launch 4G services in 14 urban areas, as part of a five-year, $428 million joint investment with the Salvadoran government.

Tigo, owned by Luxembourg-based Millicom, is likewise planning to launch 4G service this year.

Movistar, a division of Spain’s Telefónica, for its árt has offered 4G technology in El Salvador since 2016.

Digicel El Salvador is a subsidiary of Digicel Group Limited, which provides mobile telecommunications services to retail, commercial and institutional customers in El Salvador, Panama, and in several islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific.

Group operations include voice, message and data transmission, as well as business-to-business solutions, including transfers with banks and other enterprises, network services, cloud resources, and fleet management applications.

Based in Kingston, Jamaica, Digicel Group Limited was founded in 2000 by Irish investor Denis O’Brien.

The quality of 4G service in much of the region is often below international standards, which include peak donwload data rates of some 100 megabits per second for high mobility users, and around 1 gigabit per second for stationary connections, while allowing numerous users per cell.

On the other hand, 4G operations allow a considerable increase in the variety and quality of mobile options, compared to those available using 3G or 2G versions.