Movistar Chile has inaugurated its 700MHz LTE network in the Magallanes region, boosting 4G services in Punta Arenas, Natales, San Gregorio, Porvenir, Rio Verde and Laguna Blanca, as well as Punta Delgada and Villa Tehuelches. The expansion was prompted in part by obligations tied to Movistar’s 700MHz concession: the terms of the licence require the operator to launch 4G services in 366 isolated areas, eight of which are in the Magallanes region. As such, the cellco noted it would shortly be introducing LTE services in Cabeza de Mar, El Salto, Canadon Grande, Russfin, Entre Vientos, Santa Florencia, Cruce Fabres and Oazy Harbour Sur.
Movistar notes that it chose the region as the second area after the capital due partly to the high levels of application use in the region. According to the cellco, 94% of the population in the region accesses Facebook on their phones on a daily basis, compared to 88% nationwide, whilst messaging app WhatsApp is used by 90% of the populace (compared to national average of 83%) and video service YouTube, 89% (85% nationwide).
Commenting on the launch, Movistar’s director of corporate affairs, Andrew Wallis, said: ‘We are happy to be the first company to bring 4G in the 700MHz band to the regions. With this [launch] we have strengthened our connectivity in the Magallanes region, adding to our existing 4G coverage in the 2600MHz band, and our fibre-optic network. This allows us to provide our customers with a more stable signal indoors and ultimately a better connectivity experience.’