Argentina’s third-placed telco by subscribers, Telmex, has teamed up with second-placed cellco CTI Móvil to launch wireless in the local loop (WiLL) services, according to BNamericas. The offering is aimed at the local residential segment, specifically at homes with no fixed line. CTI has a strong market position in Argentina’s provinces, and the move will help Telmex break into the residential voice sector where it currently has no presence. Both Telmex and CTI are part of Carlos Slim’s Mexico-based telephony empire.
Meanwhile the statisitics agency Indec said in a statement that there were 32 million mobile lines in service in Argentina at the end of 2006, a 44.2% increase on 2005’s total. It also counted 9.03 million fixed lines, up by 1.6% in the year. The number of public payphones slightly decreased during 2006, down 1% to 156,200.