Bolivian telecommunications co-operative Cotes plans to launch broadband services by the end of 2008 or early 2009 at the latest, according to company CFO Franco Bohorques speaking to BNamericas. Cotes wants to launch a high speed internet offering over its cable TV infrastructure, and also hopes to offer Wi-Fi services in the cities of Sucre and Potosi. The operator ended 2007 with approximately 20,000 fixed line clients and 9,000 CATV users.
Meanwhile, fellow co-op Cotas is interested in entering the domestic mobile market once the government decides to open the sector to other players through a bidding process, revealed Cotas chairman Juan Carlos Velarde. ‘One of the obstacles that we have is that we cannot compete in mobile telephony – right now this is offered by only three companies,’ local paper El Deber reported the executive as saying. Cotas currently offers mobile services through a virtual mobile operator (MVNO) agreement: it purchases air time from NuevaTel. Santa Cruz-based Cotas is Bolivia’s second largest fixed line telephony cooperative behind La Paz-based Cotel.