Venezuelan mobile operator Digitel has unveiled plans to introduce VoLTE connectivity in 2023, following the virtualisation of its packet core. Also on the agenda for the cellco is the launch of fixed wireless access (FWA) connectivity to serve users in locations lacking fibre-optic technology.
Company president Luis Bernardo Perez noted that Digitel has invested USD125 million in network improvements during the last two years. Funds have been used to beef up its transport network in Caracas, as well as preparing its 4G network for 5G. Mr Perez noted that a total of 770 4G base stations are ready for 5G, adding that it is ‘authorised’ to use its existing holdings in the 900MHz (2G/3G) and 1800MHz (4G) bands for 5G.
He noted: ‘The possibility of having this [5G] network depends on all of the technological adaptations that the company plans to carry out in the short and medium term, which also includes the placement of more 4G LTE stations and the migration of current clients on the 3G network to fourth generation networks.’