Paraguay 3G subscribers increase 14% in 1H11

11 Aug 2011

According to La Nacion, telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has announced that Paraguay’s 3G subscriber base increased 14% during the first six months of 2011, to just under 250,000 subscribers; this figure compares to 217,000 at end-December 2010. Tigo Paraguay, the market leader by subscribers, led the mobile internet market with 132,889 3G subscribers at end-June, followed by Telecom Personal Paraguay (Nucleo, 76,089 3G users) and Claro (39,100 3G customers); smallest player Hola Paraguay (Vox) is still restricted to 2G technology. Meanwhile, Conatel confirmed that revenues from the mobile internet sector reached PYG19.98 billion (USD5 million) for the six months ended 30 June 2011, up from PYG17.52 billion in 2H10. The 3G revenue figure surpassed the PYG16 billion generated by Paraguay’s fixed line broadband market during the same period. At end-June 2011, the country was home to a total 105,731 fixed line broadband customers, of which Copaco claimed the lion’s share (31,923 subscribers), followed by FiberTel (5,669 customers).