Following reports that it intends to invest USD2.65 billion in the upgrade of its networks over the next five years, Claro Argentina has clarified its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment plans. According to a report by CIO America Latina, the first phase of the rollout (due to conclude in June) will see 800 base transceiver stations (BTS) deployed in Area Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (AMBA), Rosario, Cordoba and Mendoza. In January this year Claro noted that its LTE rollout was well underway, but confirmed that it did not intend to announce a commercial 4G launch until the network had achieved significant coverage.
Going forward, Claro will target rollouts in the cities of Mar del Plata, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Bariloche, Neuquen, La Rioja, Formosa, Santiago del Estero, Comodoro Rivadavia, Tucuman, Santa Fe, Resistencia, Posadas, Parara, Jujuy, Corrientes and Bahia Blanca, giving it a footprint of some 1,200 4G BTS by end-2015. Meanwhile, in terms of 3G infrastructure, Claro will augment its 4,000-strong 3G BTS network with 300 new sites, as well as increasing the capacity at around 2,000 sites.