Argentine telecoms cooperatives federation Fecosur expects to offer mobile services in around 150 cities and municipalities across the country within four or five months, BNamericas reports citing local press. According to the federation’s president, Antonio Roncoroni, the service is already provided in 14 cities throughout the country under the ‘Nuestro’ banner. Meanwhile, Sociedad Cooperativa Popular Limitada reportedly launched mobile services in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia last week. Both federations have already received licences from the government to operate in the mobile market but have been pressing telecoms ministry Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom) to award them spectrum to launch services over their own network infrastructure.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Fecosur signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Telecom Personal in May 2009 to launch services over the cellco’s infrastructure. Pilot tests with 30 mobile phones were launched the following September in several municipalities, including Colonia Caroya, Rio Tercero, Villa Gesell, San Bernardo, Mar del Plata, Pergmanino, San Bernardo, Balcarce and Dolores. At the same time, Argentina’s other telecoms cooperatives federation, Fecotel, was said to be in negotiations with Personal to offer mobile telephony through an MVNO scheme. Together, Fecosur and Fecotel represent around 300 telecoms cooperatives across the country.