Mobile operator Digicel has earmarked investment of around USD45 million for its El Salvador operations this year, as part of its ongoing network modernisation programme. El Mundo cites Digicel El Salvador’s CEO Jose Antonio Rodriguez as saying that last year investment was focused on the rollout of HSPA+ services (marketed as ‘4G’ by Digicel) in Greater San Salvador, increasing network coverage by around 12% and improving billing systems. The executive also revealed that Digicel is still interested in taking part in telecoms regulator SIGET’s delayed auction of mobile spectrum in the 1900MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz frequency bands. The auction was suspended indefinitely late last year, after antitrust body the Superintendencia de Competencia (SC) raised concerns that the tender rules would put potential new players at a disadvantage as they face barriers to market entry, thus inhibiting the development of competition in the market.
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