Movistar Chile sticks with Nokia

21 Sep 2005

Chile’s mobile market leader Movistar has selected its existing technology partner Nokia to expand its GSM/GPRS network. Under the terms of the agreement, running until mid-2006, the Finnish vendor will continue to expand and upgrade Movistar’s network across the country, including implementing base stations and controllers, providing necessary upgrades and offering consultation on infrastructure planning. At the end of June 2005 Movistar’s GSM/GPRS network covered around 95% of the population, compared to its CDMA2000 1x coverage of 85%. At the same date its TDMA network had population coverage of 95%. The cellco intends to focus on expanding its GSM infrastructure to match nearest rival Entel’s near-nationwide GSM footprint. Movistar, owned by Spanish giant Telefónica Móviles, controls nearly half of Chile’s wireless market, with 5.257 million subscribers at the end of June 2005.