Bolivian mobile network operator Telecel, which offers services under the Tigo banner, is aiming to deploy 4G LTE mobile broadband services in the capitals of all nine of the country’s departments within a year. According to BNamericas, the operator expects to expand such services to all municipal capitals after the initial deployment of the technology.
Having previously said that it expects total investments to reach USD130 million in 2013, a portion of this expenditure is to be directed toward the cellco’s 4G rollout, while Tigo CEO Pablo Guardia was cited as saying that the expected CAPEX for 2013 is three times greater than the operator’s annual profit. A portion of the funds set aside will also reportedly be used to acquire additional spectrum to enable the provision of 4G services. Tigo’s parent company Millicom acquired 700MHz spectrum in July this year, having spent USD19 million to secure a 2×12MHz block in that band. At the time, the company highlighted its other recent spectrum acquisitions in Bolivia, those being a 2×10MHz block in the 1900MHz band, and a 2×15MHz block of advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum (1700MHz/2100MHz); it paid a total of USD23 million for the two lots of spectrum in 2Q13.
Meanwhile, Tigo has said it plans to construct 430 new mobile base stations across the country by the end of 2013, which its focus being on expanding its reach to rural areas of the country.