Vivo rolls out countrywide HSPA+ service

10 Apr 2012

Brazilian mobile operator Vivo Participacoes, which is controlled by Telefonica of Spain, is expanding its HSPA+ coverage across the whole of the country. Last November TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Vivo had launched its first HSPA+ service in metropolitan Sao Paulo. The cellco debuted its ‘Live Plus 3G’ offering with prices ranging from BRL99.50 (USD55.08) per month for existing Speedy broadband customers, rising to BRL200 for those who do not subscribe to one of its high speed internet services. The operator promises maximum download speeds of 21Mbps, compared to the previous upper limit of 7.2Mbps. However, now it is extending the offer to the entire country, and has created specific smartphone plans called ‘3GPlus’ to differentiate the service from its basic 3G offers. 3GPlus it said, will offer download peak rates of 6Mbps (average 3Mbps), compared to a maximum 1Mbps downloads offered on its W-CDMA network. Vivo has currently deployed HSPA+ in 2,727 cities and is looking to boost this to 2,832 by the end of the second quarter.