Bolivian alternative operator Bolitel has revealed that it plans to officially launch commercial services this coming September, local news source El Deber reports. It is understood that the telco has actually been providing the service since January this year, and it claims to have around 200 customers on its books, having focused its attention on the corporate sector thus far.
Bolitel, which is a subsidiary of sugarcane farming and sugar manufacturer Union Agroindustrial de Caneros (UNAGRO), is licensed to offer both international long-distance (ILD) and national long-distance (NLD) services through interconnection with existing operators, while it is also offers VoIP-based services, providing internet telephony in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bolitel first announced plans to inaugurate fixed line telephony services in August 2007 in the Santa Cruz, Beni and Pando departments from September that year, while it also claimed that it had been authorised by the then-regulator Sittel to start providing telephony services in rural areas. Despite saying that it aimed to expand its coverage nationwide by the beginning of 2008, focusing mainly on these rural areas with a target of 50,000 land lines installed by year’s end, October 2007 saw the telco’s launch delayed, with technical issues cited as the primary problem. Bolitel subsequently announced it would launch in November that year instead, with nationwide coverage expected by early 2008, but this deadline was also missed.