Brazilian telecoms group Algar Telecom (CTBC Celular) has confirmed its intention to start commercial operation of a HSPA+ mobile broadband service in Minas Gerais, starting Monday 28 November. News journal Teletime reports that Algar has been testing HSPA+ in the H Band (1900MHz-2100MHz) in ten sites in Uberlandia in Minas Gerais, using equipment supplied by Huawei and Ericsson. The Chinese vendor is thought to be supplying HSPA+ equipment in a number of other cities, with upgrades to take place between 2012 and 2013. In September this year Algar Telecom also confirmed it is conducting trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) using the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands. The CTBC Celular-branded service is available in several cities in states of Goias, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Sao Paulo, serving 672,001 subscribers as at 30 September 2011.