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CWC invests US$50m to upgrade mobile data in Panama

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Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has upgraded its mobile data network in Panama City and Colon as the first part of a USD47.5 million programme to meet growing demand for data based services.

CWC, which trades in Panama as Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP), launched high speed mobile data services in 2011. Usage of mobile data on its network increased by nearly 1,000% between 2011-2013.

The upgrade has increased network capacity in areas where there is high demand for mobile data, enabling CWP customers to upload and download mobile data up to 20% faster. It has also improved the experience customers will have making mobile voice calls.

Having completed the upgrade in Panama City and Colon, engineers are now rolling out the programme to the rest of the country.

CWP's revenue from mobile data usage was USD97 million in 2012/13, representing 31% of mobile revenue (2011/12 - 22%).

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