Personal cranks up 4G coverage in spite of Conatel probe

8 Mar 2016

Paraguayan mobile operator Personal has managed to expand its 4G coverage significantly it says, despite an ongoing legal dispute with the National Telecommunications Commission (Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) regarding the validity of its 1900MHz LTE launch late last year. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Personal opted out of the regulator’s 1700MHz/2100MHz AWS spectrum auction in December 2015, and then pipped its rivals Claro and Tigo past the post by activating a 1900MHz network in capital Asuncion just days later.

According to an updated coverage map provided by the cellco, the network is now available in major cities such as Encarnacion, Ciudad de Este, San Bernardino, Caaguazu, Salto del Guaira, Coronel Oviedo, Santani Villa Hayes and Concepcion. For its part, Conatel has pledged to investigate the launch, on the grounds that Personal failed to seek its consent for the activation of such a service.