Claro Paraguay, which is owned by Mexican mobile giant America Movil, is poised to introduce a HSPA+ network in the country, offering download speeds of up to 5Mbps. Last week sister company Claro Argentina launched its own HSPA+ network, whilst Claro Uruguay is also set to introduce HSPA+ connectivity later this month. Regarding the precise Paraguayan launch date, on Friday, Claro Paraguay CEO Pablo Lopez, said: ‘we still do not know the exact release date, but said it is very likely next week’.
In August 2011 telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) announced that Paraguay’s 3G subscriber base increased 14% during the first six months of 2011, to just under 250,000 subscribers; this figure compared 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) was still restricted to 2G technology at that time, but has since debuted its UMTS offering.