Vietnamese-backed cellco Bitel has achieved its goal of signing up one million subscribers in its first year and is now targeting a total of 2.5 million users by end-2016, El Comercio writes. The operator, which celebrated its one-year anniversary of operations in Peru last week, also announced that it would launch 4G LTE services in Trujillo and Chiclayo next month, with plans to expand the network to other departments over the course of 2016. At present, Bitel operates a 2G/3G network covering around 85% of the population via a system of roughly 2,500 sites, supported by a 17,000km fibre-optic network, although Bitel intends to double the number of sites on its network to 5,000 in the medium term. Former president of sector regulator Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) and currently an advisor to Bitel, Edwin San Roman was quoted as saying that the cellco is keen to bid for 700MHz spectrum in the upcoming tender, but urged the watchdog to divide the available frequencies into four tranches rather than the current three, and for the award to take into consideration investment commitments, rather than ‘a bid to see who pays more dollars.’
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