Bitel, the Peruvian mobile operator backed by Vietnam’s Viettel Group, staged a 5G mobile trial last week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its launch in the country. The cellco achieved downlink transmission speeds of 1.5Gbps using 5G infrastructure, while upload speeds reached 78.7Mbps. Speaking after the trial, Bitel general director Phan Hoang Viet Anh noted that Bitel currently presides over a total of 5,300 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) and 3,400 4G cell sites as well as operating a 35,000km fibre backbone network.
TeleGeography notes that Bitel is the fourth mobile operator to trial 5G in Peru this year. Entel and Huawei staged the country’s first 5G trial using the 3.5GHz band in March this year, in San Isidro. In May 2019 Claro staged its own 5G trial, also with Huawei, using a temporary allocation of 3.6GHz spectrum; the test yielded download speeds of 3Gbps. Most recently, September 2019 saw Movistar join forces with Ericsson to test 5G technology in Trujillo.