Three-way infrastructure sharing initiated by Venezuelan cellcos

22 Oct 2014

Movilnet, the mobile arm of state-run Venezuelan telco CANTV, has announced the start of construction of the first shared base station between itself and rivals Movistar Venezuela and Digitel, reports Telesemana. The project is being promoted by the Ministry of Popular Power for Higher Education, Science and Technology (which TeleGeography notes was formed last month by merging the Science, Technology & Innovation ministry with the Higher Education ministry), with the goal of building base stations in locations where there is no existing mobile service presence via a three-way shared investment programme, thereby reducing costs and accelerating the expansion of the national cellular footprint. The first shared base station is being installed within the ‘Zona Franca Industrial, Commercial and Services Paraguana’ free zone (located in the Paraguana Peninsula, in Falcon state), to benefit more than 30 companies and 63,000 people in surrounding communities. This site forms part of a first-phase project which includes the construction of 30 similar sites, with each of the three operators taking responsibility for construction of ten base stations.

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