Mobile users up to 9.25 million

31 Jul 2007

Ecuadorian mobile network operators ended the first half of 2007 with 9.25 million subscribers compared to 7.67 million at end-June 2006, local telecoms supervisory body Suptel said in a statement, quoted by BNamericas. Porta, a unit of Mexican giant América Móvil, remained market leader with 6.19 million subscribers, followed by Movistar Ecuador, a unit of Spain’s Telefónica, with 2.64 million users, and locally owned Alegro with 412,597 clients. The total GSM customer base at the end of the period was 7.66 million (82.8% of the market), with the remainder using CDMA and TDMA services. Earlier this month Movistar asked local telecoms regulator Conatel to establish a single method for counting mobile subscribers, as according to the operator, all three main players currently use different measurement criteria.