Spanish cellco Movistar has outlined plans under which it will speed up the deployment of its 4G infrastructure, with a view to achieving coverage of 60% of the population by the end of this year. The mobile operator already provides LTE-based services to 50% of the nation, and its network footprint encompasses a total of 197 municipalities, including 32 provincial capitals; of the capitals, however, ten are covered as a result of a network sharing agreement it struck with rival Yoigo to use the latter’s infrastructure. Looking ahead, having said that it aims to have constructed a total of 4,200 4G-enabled base stations by the end of this year, Movistar expects to cover a total of 443 municipalities by that date, with all cities of more than 70,000 inhabitants able to connect to its LTE network.
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