Movilnet restoring CDMA network in Caracas, report says

30 May 2019

Venezuelan state-backed mobile operator Movilnet has restored CDMA coverage in parts of Caracas, Venezolana de Television reports. The engineering work follows recurring electrical blackouts in Venezuela, which resulted in the stricken nation suffering power outages for at least ten days during March alone. At one point, as a result of the cuts, 90% of the country’s telecoms equipment was understood to be offline. To combat the strain on the country’s power resources, a 30-day electricity rationing system was introduced on 31 March.

TeleGeography notes that Movilnet had previously identified December 2018 as the deadline by which it sought to deactivate its legacy CDMA networks, suggesting the platform has earned a reprieve – in the capital at least – as the country’s telcos seek to minimise disruption to their services.

Venezuela, Movilnet