Alegro to migrate to GSM platform

30 May 2006

Ecuadorian state-backed mobile operator Alegro PCS plans to migrate its CDMA customer base to a GSM platform, and is expected to invest USD30 million in the project, reports BNamericas quoting local newspaper El Comercio. Vicente Alarcón, manager of state holding company Fondo de Solidaridad (FS), said: ‘The government is in a process to migrate the technology platform in order to compete directly with the two other operators.’ Launched in December 2003, Alegro provides mobile services over a CDMA2000 1x network, and claims a client base of 245,000, whilst its two larger rivals, Porta and Movistar, have over 6.8 million users between them, or a 96% market share. Alegro closed 2005 with total losses of USD58 million, compared to losses of USD40 million in 2004.

Ecuador, Telecsa (Alegro PCS)