Claro to launch rival to Netflix, signs up 1,000 LTE users

30 Jul 2013

Claro Chile, a subsidiary of Mexico’s America Movil group, has announced plans to develop its business in the country, including the construction of a new data centre and the launch of a video platform. Diario Financiero quotes CEO Gerardo Munoz as saying that in H2 2013 the provider will launch Claro Video, a new video-on-demand (VoD) service that will allow customers to stream movies and TV series for a monthly fee and will compete with the likes of Netflix. Also in the second half of 2013, Claro will invest USD50 million in the deployment of a new data centre, which it expects to be operational by the end of the year.

Commenting on the launch of 4G last month, Munoz noted that Claro had signed up more than 1,000 subscribers to its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, of which: ‘about 60% are new users and 40% are [existing] subscribers of the company that made the upgrade.’ Munoz added that the 4G users were high-value, signing up to plans that cost more than USD100. Forging ahead with its rollout, the cellco plans to deploy LTE-enabled networks to Punta Arenas in Q3 2013 and Vina del Mar, Valparaiso and Concepcion in Q4 2013.

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