Movistar marks rural expansion milestone

18 Sep 2014

Spanish backed cellco Movistar Peru has revealed plans to invest PEN277 million (USD95.54 million) to roll out mobile services to 2,327 rural locations by 2017, extending its network to an additional two million Peruvians. The announcement followed the activation of a new base station in Huayllabamba, in the Caicay district of the Cusco region. The tower was the 1,000th installed by the operator since March 2013, as part of a rural rollout programme that was required by the government as a condition of the renewal of the cellco’s licence in January 2013. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Movistar agreed to extend mobile coverage to 1,842 remote villages and to invest PEN3 billion on network expansion as part of a deal to renew its concession for Lima and Callao. To date, the expansion project has extended services to more than a million Peruvians.