El Salvador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

El Salvador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • December 2021 •
  • 117 pages •
  • Report ID: 5387008 •
  • Format: PDF
El Salvador’s telecom sector attracting more investment
Telecom users in El Salvador continue to be hampered by poor fixed infrastructure, which has translated into a strong reliance on mobile networks for voice and data services.

As a result, the mobile penetration rate is particularly high for the region.The telecom regulator has a history of delayed spectrum auctions. This has caused a paucity of spectrum available to the networks operators, in turn hampering their ability to extend the reach of LTE infrastructure and to develop services based on 5G.There could be a scaling up of investment in the sector following the October 2021 acquisition of Telefónica El Salvador by the UK investment fund General International Telecom, for about $144 million. For Telefónica Group, this was a significant discount on the and $315 million which América Móvil had been prepared to pay before regulatory hurdles scuppered the deal in late 2020.

Key developments:

  • Telefónica Group sells its El Salvador unit to UK investment firm;

  • Tigo extends LTE reach to cover 95% of the population;

  • BT Group sells its Latin American units and assets to CIH Telecommunications Americas;

  • Millicom selects US-based Affirmed Networks to deploy cloud-based, 5G-ready core network across Latin America;

  • Tigo launches LTE-A in in parts of San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel, La Union, and La Libertad;

  • Telefónica to stop offering DTH pay-TV service to the non-renewal of satellite capacity deal with SES in Central America;

  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates for Q2 2021, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
  • América Móvil (Claro), Flexenclosure, Millicent International (Tigo), Telefónica (Movistar), Red, GCA Telecom, Salnet, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (Siget), Amnet, Sky TV, Walmart, SES.
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