Argentine mobile operator CTI Movil has launched 3G services in greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba, following similar launches earlier this year by rivals Telecom Personal and Movistar. According to a company statement, the service will be available in more cities along the Atlantic coast next month, starting with Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires province. Further expansion in the first quarter of 2008 will see the UMTS offering expanded to the cities of Mendoza, Santa Fe, Tucuman, Corrientes, Resistencia, Salta, Bahia Blanca, Neuquen and Comodoro Rivadavia. CTI’s sister operations in Uruguay and Paraguay will also launch 3G in the near future, in the cities of Colonia and Punta del Este (Uruguay) and Ciudad del Este and Encarnacion (Paraguay)
CTI Movil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mexico’s America Movil group, had close to twelve million subscribers in Argentina midway through 2007, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, giving it a 34% market share and placing it a close second behind Spanish-owned Movistar. At the same date in Uruguay, CTI claimed nearly 600,000 users (22% market share) while in Paraguay it had around 450,000 cutomers (11%).