IS looking at 20% of wireless broadband market by year-end

23 Jul 2007

Argentine connection provider Internet Services (IS) expects to end this year with a 20% share of the local wireless broadband market, compared to 16% at end-2006, reports BNamericas. The company has three business units: one providing connections for small provincial ISPs; one that focuses on ‘services integration’; and a third which operates wireless broadband networks. The wireless broadband unit has seen rapid growth and now accounts for 40% of revenues, the same as the connections unit. The services integration unit accounts for the remainder. ‘We decided to create a new business unit to start providing this service [wireless broadband] directly through the deployment of our own infrastructure in the provinces,’ said IS chief executive Oscar Gimelli. The company has base stations in the Entre Ríos, Santa Fe and Córdoba provinces and has deployed 23 nodes across the three provinces. The company expects to deploy four or five more nodes in other provinces in the north of the country. Each node required an approximate investment of USD25,000. IS works mainly with ISPs which are deploying infrastructure in areas where it is not profitable for large operators to deploy large-scale operations, Gimelli said, adding that the company targets towns with 10,000-20,000 inhabitants.

Argentina, Internet Services