Movistar launches pre-paid 4G

20 Aug 2015

Movistar Chile has launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) services for pre-paid customers, La Tercera writes. The service is the first of its kind in the country, and is available at no extra cost to users with compatible handsets and SIMs. Coinciding with the launch, Movistar has launched a new range of compatible devices with prices starting at CLP79,990 (USD115.0). The launch has also been timed to take place shortly before the operator is given permission to begin using 700MHz frequencies for LTE services. Movistar currently uses 2600MHz band spectrum for its 4G networks, whilst the allocation of airwaves in the 700MHz band it won at auction in early 2014 has been delayed by legal challenges. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, however, the Chilean transport and telecom minister announced earlier this month that Movistar – alongside Claro and Entel – would be able to use the lower frequency band shortly.