Peruvian mobile network operators will need to deploy an additional 36,695 base stations by the end of 2025 to support the growing demand for mobile data services, according to a study conducted by sector watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel). According to the regulator’s estimates, the nation will need a total of 34,577 base transceiver stations (BTS) by the end of 2022, with that figure rising to 49,135 a year later and 60,771 by the end of 2025. With a total of 24,076 BTS in service at the end of 2019, Osiptel estimates that 36,695 additional sites need to be deployed to address rising demand – representing an increase of over 150% – but notes that the figure could be less if operators implement sharing agreements for passive or active infrastructure. Osiptel’s study found that average monthly mobile data traffic stood at roughly 206.7PB in Q3 2020 and projected that the figure would rise to 971.0PB per month by 2025. The regulator also highlights a network development gap, identifying five regions where more than 200% increase in sites will be needed in the coming years, namely: Arequipa (1,347 BTS installed at end-2019 and 4,367 needed by end-2025, or a 224% increase), Ica (337%), La Libertad (219%), Lambayeque (270%) and Ucayali (242%).