Mobile coverage

The mobile telephony market in Honduras is controlled by two transnational companies Tigo (Millicom) and Claro (AméricaMóvil). At the end of 2017, mobile telephone lines reached a total of 8.23 million subscribers, of which 91.95 percent in pre-payment and 8.05 in post-payment modality.

According to the 2016 report from Conatel, Voice call service (2G) has a geographical coverage of 100 percent of the departmental and municipal capital cities and a population coverage of 90.22 percent. According to Diary Digital Process, as of February 2019 rural areas have a record of 920,000 mobile phones, equivalent to 43.3 percent of the country, while the remaining 1.2 million households cellular devices are used in urban areas. To conclude, there are still areas unattended by mobile telephony, especially in areas inhabited by groups of indigenous and peasant populations, such as the Mosquitia.

The 4G mobile Internet is available to 50.7 percent of the Honduran population, a percentage which decreases to 36.18 percent in municipal seats and isolated areas. It should be noted that in April 2018, the first community Internet network was installed in an indigenous Lenca population in the department of Intibucá in western Honduras, with the help of civil society organisations such as the Red de Desarrollo Sostenible (Sustainable Development Network - RDS), AMCH and Internet Society. Its impact is remarkable in the direct connection of more than 3000 families that benefit from the use of community Internet and Wi-Fi, besides the community radio installed in that community is connected to the world through the network. In contrast, cell phone coverage is weak, excluding indigenous groups that inhabit this area, who are exploring community telephony projects in order to overcome this context of exclusion from cell phone coverage, with unknown reaction from the telephone corporations.