Bolivia’ state-owned telecoms operator Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) has claimed that its market share in the mobile sector has increased by two percentage points in the first five months of the year, according to BNamericas, which cited local press reports. The operator is understood to have said that it now accounts for 43% of Bolivia’s mobile subscribers, having seen a net addition of more than 70,000 subscribers in May alone. Meanwhile, Entel also reportedly said that it had seen a 15% year-on-year increase in revenues in the month of May 2013.
The report also notes that Bolivia’s vice president Alvaro Garcia had recently said that Entel’s mobile network now covers all of the country’s municipalities, while broadband services currently reach 74% of municipalities. Despite this, Garcia has said that the operator faces three specific challenges, those being: to improve the quality of internet services and reduce prices; to deploy fibre-optic infrastructure in urban areas to enhance the services on offer; and to use the Tupac Katari satellite to extend coverage of both broadband and mobile voice services. In order to meet the second challenge, Entel expects to spend around USD100 million in 2013 on expanding its network footprint for both mobile and broadband services.