Venezuelan cellco Movistar, a unit of Spain’s Telefonica, has expanded its commercial 3.5G HSDPA mobile network to Guayana City in the east of the country. So far, 13 base stations have been rolled out across the Puerto Ordaz ‘new town’ area of the city, with 52 cell sites planned across the whole connurbation by July. Movistar intends to continue expanding coverage in the area at a cost of around USD14 million this year. Since its launch in December 2008 in Greater Caracas, Movistar’s 3.5G network has been expanded across central and western parts of the country. Miguel Lira, Project Manager of Telefonica in Venezuela, said that Greater Caracas now has 160 HSDPA-enabled cell sites, up from 100 in December, whilst there are now 35 3.5G base stations in the western city of Maracaibo.