GTA, a provider of fixed and mobile telephony, internet access and digital television services in Guam, has reached an agreement to acquire 42MHz of wireless spectrum, boosting its capacity to meet the growing demand for high speed cellular services. The new acquisition, which follows a 10MHz purchase of frequencies earlier in the year, effectively doubles GTA’s spectrum holdings to 97MHz. GTA expects to close the transaction in the next few months, enabling it to increase capacity and internet speeds on the 4G LTE network. Robert Haulbrook, GTA president and CEO, said: ‘Our customers will quickly notice the enhancements to our network. In addition to improving performance through additional spectrum, we intend to double the number of sites over the next year, which will increase our 4G LTE coverage to about 95% of where GTA customers live, work and play.’
GTA said it added five 3G sites and a further five LTE sites in 2014, with plans to install another five 3G sites and 20 LTE sites next year, while additional investments include adding more fibre to existing sites. Since privatisation in 2005, GTA has invested more than USD125 million in network enhancements and the firm expects to spend at least USD15 million on infrastructure improvements in 2015.