Business News Americas reports that Brazilian mobile operator Telecom America (Claro), a unit of Mexico’s America Movil (AM), is spending BRL3.5 billion (USD1.88 billion) in its networks in 2012, with a primary focus on enhancing and expanding its HSPA+ coverage. In a press release, Claro confirmed its intention to roll out HSPA+ technology to all of its Brazilian users. Recently, Claro rivals Vivo and CTBC Celular launched their own HSPA+ offerings in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states, respectively. Like them, Claro is marketing the 3.5G service as ‘3G+’.
Claro confirmed that its existing 3G users in around 700 Brazilian municipalities will be able to access the new service without altering their service plan or buying a new smartphone. In addition, it says the 3G+ service will also be available to customers of the country’s national broadband plan (PNBL). ‘We have the largest nationwide 3G+ coverage,’ Claro’s value added services director, Fiamma Zarife, is quoted as saying. ‘Our clients can access [the] internet at initial speeds of up to 3Mbps without having to pay extra. This technology will offer peak speeds of up to 6Mbps before the arrival of 4G.’