The general manager of Bolivian mobile operator Telecel (Tigo), Pablo Guardia, has announced the official launch of its new Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network in the country. Los Tiempos newspaper quotes Mr Guardia as saying: ‘More than three million people use the internet in Bolivia and 95% do so from a mobile device. Hopefully they will all benefit from this historic launch.’ Tigo Bolivia says it is responding to market demand for LTE, noting the widespread proliferation of smartphones, tablets and modems for laptops/desktops in the country. From launch, the cellco’s new 4G service will be available from BOB245 (USD36.24) per month and includes unlimited music access.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that Telecel (Tigo) is 100% owned by Luxembourg-based mobile holding company Millicom International Cellular (MIC). At end-March 2014 it controlled a 32.6% share of the domestic cellular market, with 3.396 million customers.