Movistar Argentina has launched ‘Zona-Wi-Fi’, a new mobile broadband service enabling users to connect to and share internet connections with other PCs, laptops or mobile phones, without the need for cables or hotspots. The service leverages a Wi-Fi router, which connects to a mobile broadband modem, enabling download speeds of up to 2Mbps. The package includes a mobile broadband modem and Wi-Fi router, along with an unlimited internet tariff plan for ARS199 (USD54.56) per month.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Movistar had a wireless subscriber base of 14.82 million at the end of 2008 and market share of 34%, making it the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers to Claro Argentina. The company launched a 3.5G high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network in Buenos Aires in July 2007 and later expanded coverage to Cordoba, Mendoza and Rosario. In February 2009 Movistar announced it expects to increase 3.5G network coverage to 74% of the country by mid-2009.