BNamericas, quoting local news agency APG, reports that start-up telco Bolitel plans to begin offering fixed line telephony services in the Santa Cruz, Beni and Pando departments this September. Bolitel legal representative Hugo Soliz Ribera revealed that the company’s initial capacity will be 14,000 land lines and 800 public telephones. The telco has also been authorised by regulator Sittel to start providing telephony services in rural areas, and Soliz told BNamericas the company hopes to expand its coverage nationwide by the beginning of 2008 – focusing mainly on rural areas – and to have 50,000 lines installed by the end of that year. ‘I believe there is a lot of room to grow in the rural segment. We will invest in areas where other operators consider it is not profitable to invest,’ Soliz said.