Mobile coverage

The study Digital in 2018 in Central America indicates that from 2017 to 2018 Internet users grew by 16 percent, the number of connected cell phones increased by 4 percent and the number of social network users via mobile grew by 19 percent.

At a Central American level, Guatemala is the fifth in penetration level. Mobile phone coverage is focused on urban areas while it’s limited in rural areas, either because the towns are scattered or because of the mountainous geography of the country.

The study carried out by Fondo para el Desarrollo de la Telefonía (Fund for the Development of Telephony - Fondetel) indicated that the departments of Quiché, San Marcos, Huehuetenango and Alta Verapaz (areas with high poverty rates) are the regions where the residential Internet access gap is bigger. The study Digital in 2018 in Central America gave a rating of 45.95 points out of 100 to the coverage of the Internet infrastructure.