20 Feb 2015
Movistar Venezuela has switched on its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the cities of Caracas and Puerto La Cruz, becoming the second operator in the country to offer 4G connectivity after rival Digitel, which launched LTE in July 2013. Going forward, Movistar is set to deploy a total of 240 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) across the two cities during the course of 1Q15.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Movistar bought AWS (2100MHz/1700MHz) and 2600MHz licences in the government’s December 2014 spectrum auction (which raised a total of USD729 million). As per the licence conditions, the cellco must offer coverage of Venezuela’s 20 most populous municipalities in the first year of service, and preside over a footprint encompassing at least 70% of the population by end-2018.