Salvador Montes de Oca, director of Marketing and Advertising at Movistar Guatemala told the media that HSPA + technology offers download speeds of up to 21 data megabits per second (Mbps) and 5.7 Mbps for sending information.
For his part, Manuel Barrera executive of Claro "announced last November 24 the company's transition to the use of such technology.
‘With 4G technology the ability to download data to a mobile phone will be up to 5 megabytes (MB) per second (Mbps) that is three times faster than current 3G technology'", reported Prensalibre.com.
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It is the first country in Central America to use Fourth Generation (4G) technology for data transmission on mobile phones.
A press release from Claro reads:
“Panama, August 9, 2011 .-
Claro, a leading telecommunications company in Central America, presents the first fourth generation 4G mobile network based on HSPA + technology which will allow its customers to increase the transmission speed of data for browsing and downloading content via a mobile Internet service either by using their cell phones or by logging onto a computer or laptop with a 4G modem.
Costa Rica is the regional leader in 4G data consumption through mobile devices and 4G networks.
America Movil (Claro) and Telefonica (Movistar) agree that Costa Rica is the country with the highest data traffic in Central America, this is because it is the only country that does not charge for downloading data, but rather by the speed offered by providers.
Following a favorable resolution of the appeal by Movistar, the State operator has started marketing 4G cell phones.
The Manager of the Client Division at Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Jaime Palermo, announced the launch of the 4G LTE network, which will initially be free for postpaid users in the first month.
The technology market is ready for its use, but there is a lack of regulation for the use of radio spectrum, preventing the necessary investments.
Nacion.com reports that Costa Rica already has the conditions for the use of 4G networks to "provide a variety of value added services (such as payment or identification from a cell phone)", seeing as now that there is use of the "digital signature, every citizen uses their ID card everywhere for any procedure and the State even has a segment of the band 1800/1900 MHz that it did not sell two years ago when there was radio spectrum auction. "