America Movil subsidiary Claro Panama has launched commercial LTE services using spectrum in the 700MHz and 1900MHz bands, TeleSemana reports. Initially coverage is limited to the capital, Panama City, as well as Panama West, Chiriqui and Colon, with existing customers able to take advantage of the higher speeds by upgrading to a new LTE-based tariff. Prices for Claro’s 4G services start at PAB14.99 (USD14.99) per month for a plan offering 1GB of data, 50 on-net and 50 off-net voice minutes, and ten SMS messages. Post-paid data-only plans, meanwhile, start from PAB2.99 per 200MB, rising to PAB14.99 for a 2GB monthly allowance, while pre-paid options are also available, with a 200MB option (valid for one day) costing PAB0.99, and a 2GB option (valid for 30 days) priced at PAB14.99.
Claro Panama is the third of the nation’s mobile network operators to inaugurate a 4G network. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in early March 2015, Cable & Wireless Panama introduced LTE, with rival Movistar Panama following suit later that month.