VTR to keep mobile network open

31 Oct 2013

Chilean full service provider VTR has announced that a change of strategy for its mobile services has begun to yield positive results, the telco’s general manager Guillermo Ponce told Diario Financiero. US-backed VTR changed tack with its mobile services last month, concentrating on its post-paid subscriptions and increasing the amount of traffic transferred over the network of rival provider Movistar via a roaming deal with the cellco. Ponce commented that the new policy was intended to be more streamlined and efficient adding that the proceeds would be funnelled back into the telco to make it more competitive. The general manager added that VTR would continue to run its own network, dismissing earlier reports that the cellco was looking to shift back to operating as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Clarifying, Ponce added that VTR is trialling a new system where the amount of traffic transferred over Movistar’s network varies depending on the user’s location.

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