Entel Movil enhances HSPA+ footprint

23 May 2011

The wireless subsidiary of Bolivia’s state-owned telco Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), Entel Movil, has revealed that it has expanded HSPA+ coverage to the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, according to Next Wireless Latam. The cellco, as previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month said it would spend around USD32 million on the introduction of HSPA+ to its network, at which date it claimed to have already launched commercial mobile broadband services using the technology in the cities of Trinidad (Beni), Tarija, Oruro, Sucre and Potosi. Entel’s general manager, Roy Mendez, also noted that so far this year the wireless unit has deployed 372 new cell sites across the country, while he added that a total of 40 new base stations that supported HSPA+ had been brought online last week. Looking forward Entel Movil expects to reach a number of new areas in the coming months with its upgraded mobile broadband services, with coverage targets understood to include Pando and a number of other medium-sized cities such as Villa Montes, Yacuiba and Montero.

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