Movistar Argentina will reportedly begin offering commercial LTE-based services next week, according to Reuters, which cites its parent company Telefonica of Spain. Initially, however, it has been noted that the cellco’s 4G network will be used exclusively for data services, in a move which it has been claimed is designed to free up capacity on its third-generation infrastructure. Commenting on the plans to introduce a commercial offering, Telefonica de Argentina president Luis Blasco was cited as saying: ‘We will launch 4G on Monday, far sooner than we had imagined … and so will begin the development of a new technology needed to ease pressure on the spectrum.’
As reported by CommsUpdate earlier this month, Argentina’s Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom) confirmed that Movistar had been awarded LTE-suitable frequencies in the 1710MHz-1720MHz and 2110MHz-2120MHz bands, all of which is available for use on a nationwide basis. The company reportedly agreed to pay USD209.14 million in return for the spectrum.