Antonio Carlos Valente, the president of Brazil’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers Telefonica Brazil (Vivo), has said the company plans to expand Long Term Evolution (LTE) service coverage to 72 cities across the country by the end of this year. The official, who was speaking at Futurecom 2013, did not divulge any information on further rollout details, but confirmed that its 4G network is currently live in 65 municipalities, and guaranteed that many more will follow. RCRWireless cites the Vivo official as saying that Vivo has also expanding its W-CDMA 3G network to 3,131 cities, while in addition, it also reaches around 1.45 million households in Brazil with fibre-optic connections and operates 2,381 radio base station transceivers (BTS).
Mr Valente also laid out some of Vivo’s goals for 2014, including a focus on increasing rural coverage and continuing its 3G and 4G expansion programme. Further, the carrier is looking to launch a number of new applications based on learning and machine-to-machine (M2M) services – initially targeted at utility companies and fleet management firms. Finally, in the mobile financial services sector, the telco has set January 2014 as the date for launching its ‘Zuum’ brand mobile payment solution, first announced last year.