Bolivian mobile network operator NuevaTel PCs, which offers services under the Viva GSM banner, has announced the launch of a 3.5G network, in which the cellco claims to have invested some USD40 million. According to local news source Los Tiempos, NuevaTel introduced the new infrastructure at the Expocruz trade show by demonstrating a call to a remote camera which could then be controlled by the mobile handset. Commenting on the remote security service, Luis Alvestegui, vice president of marketing for NuevaTel, said: ‘We are confident that this service will be useful for individuals and businesses who have security needs.’
Services will initially be available in limited areas of the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, and is available to both 3G handset users and those connecting to the network via a USB dongle.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NuevaTel is the youngest and smallest of Bolivia’s three mobile network operators, and was founded as a joint venture between fixed line co-operative COMTECO and US-based Western Wireless International (WWI). It launched its GSM network in 2000, and by end-June 2010 it had a subscriber base of 1.8 million, representing a market share of 27.8%.