Entel Movil aims for 75% population coverage by March 2010

6 Aug 2009

Bolivian mobile operator Entel Movil, the wholly-owned wireless arm of state-owned Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), plans to deploy 276 new base stations by March 2010, BNamericas reports. The cellco expects to have a total of 1,057 base stations in operation by that date, giving coverage of 90% of the population in the Oruro, Tarija and Pando departments, and overall coverage of 75%. The cost of the infrastructure expansion is estimated at BOB500 million (USD72.75 million), and the plans to improve coverage follow calls by Bolivian president Evo Morales in April this year for the cellco to guarantee nationwide coverage, with a particular focus on rollouts in rural areas. At present Entel Movil covers approximately 2,600 rural municipalities, and it is expected to add a further 1,000 by the end of 2009.

Bolivia, Entel Movil