Telefonica pinpoints Guatemalan LTE launch date

13 Mar 2014

Spanish telecoms titan Telefonica is set to introduce 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Central America within the next three months, it has been revealed. According to Guatemalan news website El Periodico, the telco – which trades under the Movistar brand name – will inaugurate its Central American 4G network in Guatemala in May or June this year. Alejandro Rodriguez, the company’s engineering sales manager, suggested that the new network will be able to deliver downlink transmission speeds of between 25Mbps and 50Mbps.

While no other Central American markets have been mentioned by name, in January this year it was reported by CommsUpdate that Telefonica’s Costa Rican subsidiary had tentative plans to stage an LTE launch in the first half of 2014, fitting in with the timeline suggested by Mr Rodriguez. Elsewhere in the region, Telefonica boasts operations in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama, but lacks a presence in Honduras and Belize.

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