Movistar turning off CDMA in favour of GSM/HSPA

8 Nov 2011

Ecuadorian telecoms authority Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Supertel or Suptel) has revealed that the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, Movistar, began the shutdown of its legacy CDMA network at the beginning of this month, and will finish the process at the end of the year. Movistar had 68,000 remaining CDMA2000-based users at the end of September, although this was down from 92,000 the previous month, and at the same date it had 4.2 million 2G GSM mobile phone subscribers and 192,000 3G W-CDMA/HSPA mobile broadband customers. The Telefonica subsidiary added nationwide GSM technology to an existing TDMA/CDMA portfolio in September 2005, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, before switching off its TDMA network in October 2008, and launched W-CDMA/HSPA services in mid-2009. It has concentrated on signing up GSM and HSPA customers ever since, and rolled out HSPA+ network upgrades in July 2011.

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