Claro Puerto Rico continues 4G, 3G expansion

28 Jan 2015

Quadruple-play telco Claro Puerto Rico, part of the America Movil group, has announced on its website that it is continuing its ‘aggressive’ plan to strengthen its wireless network; in late 2014 it carried out a project expanding 4G LTE network coverage in 25 municipalities, and this month it is carrying out similar 4G expansion work in Aguada, Humacao, Salinas and parts of San Juan. Meanwhile, an ongoing project to expand capacity of 3G network services has now upgraded 3G capacity in 32 municipalities, the most recent being Aguadilla, Barceloneta, Ceiba, Canovanas, Lares, Loiza, Luquillo and San Sebastian. The 3G/4G upgrade works will continue through this quarter. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Claro is positioned second out of five operators in the Puerto Rican mobile subscriber market with an estimated 24.6% of users at end-September 2014, behind AT&T with roughly 37.7%. The database adds that Claro’s 4G LTE network was launched in November 2012 with coverage of 19 out of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities, and has been extensively expanded over the last two years to reach areas where approximately 90% of the population live, with the stated aim of reaching ‘every corner’ of the island with LTE.