Colombian telecoms operator Avantel has switched on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Cali, Comunidad Ola reports, extending its LTE footprint to 27 cities across Colombia. Going forward, the operator expects to cover 57 locations by mid-2015. On 20 August this year, the telco launched LTE services in 22 cities across the country, following a USD250 million rollout, which was carried out by Nokia Networks of Finland.
Meanwhile, the same website reports that rival operator DirecTV has extended its own LTE network to three new locations, namely Tunja, Girardot and Popayan. The deployment raised its 4G footprint to 18 cities, leaving it just one city shy of its initial 19-city coverage obligation. DirecTV’s LTE network went live in July 2014.