Argentinean mobile operator Movistar has reportedly switched on a total of 160 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) base transceiver stations (BTS), covering a number of cities including Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Carilo and Pinamar. According to a report by media outlet Clarin, which quotes company manager Raquel Haymes, the cellco has sold 10,000 LTE-capable smartphones since its commercial 4G launch in December last year. However, the executive noted that including older handsets, a total of 250,000 LTE-capable devices are currently utilising Movistar’s 4G network.
For its part, Claro, the mobile market leader by subscribers, has noted that its LTE rollout is well underway, but it does not intend to announce its commercial 4G launch until the network achieves significant coverage.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, fellow cellco Personal has deployed a total of 141 LTE sites in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Mar del Plata and Pinamar; the company claimed 200,000 4G users as of mid-January.