Argentinean mobile operator Movistar has reportedly switched on a total of 1,000 Long Term Evolution (LTE) base transceiver stations (BTS), and expects its 4G network to comprise 1,850 cell towers by the end of 2015. According to an unconfirmed report by TeleSemana, LTE connectivity is now available in more than 100 locations across twelve provinces. In 2015 alone the cellco expects to spend ARS8.5 billion (USD946 million) on its network rollout.
TeleGeography notes that the latest coverage metrics suggest Movistar is undertaking a brisk rollout schedule. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in January this year the cellco’s 4G network comprised just 60 BTS, covering Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Carilo and Pinamar. The network went live in December 2014, one month after Movistar won a nationwide concession pairing frequencies in the 1710MHz-1720MHz and 2110MHz-2120MHz bands; the cellco paid USD209.14 million for the spectrum permit.