Guillermo Pickering, the president of Chilean mobile telephony association Atelmo, has revealed that he believes the country’s mobile broadband sector will double in size in 2010, BNamericas reports citing quotes appearing in local daily Estrategia. The majority of investment is expected to fund coverage improvements and the first tests of LTE technology. As CommsUpdate reported yesterday, Chilean cellco Entel PCS has recently begun LTE field testing, becoming the first wireless operator in Latin America to do so.
Meanwhile, Miguel Moya, president of Chile’s internet service provider’s association told the same newspaper that overall income from sales in the telecoms sector should increase 5% this year, with mobile broadband revenue contributing more than 10% of the total. By the end of 2010 fixed broadband subscribers are forecast to reach two million and mobile broadband connections could reach one million. Two new operators are set to join the fray this year, trunking operator Nextel and cable provider VTR, having both won spectrum in September 2009.