Claro plans 3G launch for 2007

11 Aug 2006

Salvador Salazar, the head of Chilean mobile operator Claro (formerly known as Smartcom) has been quoted in El Diario Financiero as saying that his company hopes to launch 3G services in 2007. Claro, a unit of Mexican wireless conglomerate América Móvil, will launch its USD300 million GSM network next week, which will run alongside its existing CDMA infrastructure. Salazar added that it will not immediately migrate CDMA clients to the new network, and will instead try to attract clients from its rivals. To this end, Claro plans to launch a series of aggressive offers over the next few months, abandoning Smartcom’s youth sector focus. Salazar believes this strategy will enable Claro to grow its market share to 33% from the current 17%.

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