Guatemala Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 1,974,006

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 11.71 (2019 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 20,874,130

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 123.83 (2019 est.)

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

due to years of underinvestment in infrastructure, has one of the lowest fixed-line tele densities in the region; rural areas rely on mobile services with little access to fixed-line access; mobile tele-density on par with region and is the most developed sector, with near universal phone connections; private investment to bring free Internet to parks; two submarine cables due for completion will support growth in fixed and mobile broadband (2021)


domestic: fixed-line teledensity roughly 11 per 100 persons; fixed-line investments are concentrating on improving rural connectivity; mobile-cellular teledensity about 119 per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 502; landing points for the ARCOS, AMX-1, American Movil-Texius West Coast Cable and the SAm-1 fiber-optic submarine cable system that, together, provide connectivity to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the US; connected to Central American Microwave System; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

4 privately owned national terrestrial TV channels dominate TV broadcasting; multi-channel satellite and cable services are available; 1 government-owned radio station and hundreds of privately owned radio stations (2019)

Internet country code


Internet users

total: 10,777,827

percent of population: 65% (July 2018 est.)

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 506,000

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 3 (2017 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Guatemala on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guatemala 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guatemala 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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