According to national telecoms watchdog Suptel, Ecuador ended June 2006 with 7.67 million mobile subscribers, up from 6.16 million at the end of 2005 and 5.3 million a year ago. América Móvil’s subsidiary Conecel (Porta Celular) leads the market with 4.8 million users, 91% of whom now use GSM services, compared to 70% in June 2005, with the remainder using TDMA handsets. In second place, Telefónica Móviles’ unit Movistar Ecuador had signed up 2.6 million clients by the end of June 2006, up 57% from 1.66 million a year earlier. Movistar’s client base is now 52% CDMA, 41% GSM and 7% TDMA (prior to the rollout of GSM in September 2005 the mix was 77% CDMA and 23% TDMA). Locally owned CDMA2000 1x operator Telecsa (Alegro PCS) had 270,725 users by mid-2006, up 68% in twelve months.
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