Ericsson/Entel complete APT700 live test

12 Dec 2014

Ericsson and Chilean telco Entel have completed what the Swedish vendor claims is Latin America’s first live test of the APT700 band, ahead of the operator’s 700MHz 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout, scheduled to take place in 2015. The test used ten sites with equipment using APT700 band on Entel’s live 4G LTE network in Rancagua city. Entel CEO Antonio Buchi commented on the development: ‘The APT700 band has the ability to provide excellent in-building coverage as well as wide area coverage in suburban and rural areas. We expect, once we have the release by the government, to deploy our nationwide network. Our customers will benefit from an LTE mobile broadband service featuring a combination of high speed, improved throughput and low latency, all of which combine to provide an enhanced user experience.’ As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Entel launched a 2600MHz LTE network in March 2014 and the same month won a 2×15MHz block of 700MHz spectrum, paying USD12.31 million for the frequencies. Entel led the 4G market at end-June 2014 with 76,607 subscribers at that date and that figure is estimated to have climbed to 100,000 three months later.

Chile, Entel Chile, Ericsson