Movistar ‘in second 4G pilot phase’; expands eastern HSPA capacity

14 Sep 2012

Movistar Venezuela reports that it has invested VEF16 million (USD3.7 million) in a project to enhance the capacity of its 3.5G HSPA-based services in the eastern areas of Anzoategui, Nueva Esparta, Monagas, Sucre and Bolivar, while rolling out new coverage zones in the eastern cities of Puerto La Cruz, Puerto Ordaz and others. The Spanish-backed cellco also said it expanded by 140% the fibre-optic backbone between the states of Monagas and Anzoategui, costing VEF300,000, according to Entornointeligente.com.

In August Movistar reported that it had carried out a 120% increase in network data capacity, following an investment of VEF75 million, while under its overall CAPEX budget for the year of VEF2.16 billion –around USD500 million – it has recently installed three new mobile switches located in Maracay, Barquisimeto and Caracas. The cellco has also disclosed that it is continuing with a second phase of a 4G pilot network testing programme.

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