Tigo Paraguay (Millicom) launched LTE services in 20 cities on 7 April, in line with its previously announced plans. The 4G network is now available in selected areas of Asuncion, Caacupe, Caaguazu, Ciudad del Este, Concepcion, Coronel Oviedo, Encarnacion, Fernando de la Mora, Hernandarias, Lambare, Luque, Pedro Juan Caballero, Presidente Franco, Saltos del Guaira, San Bernardino, San Estanislao, San Lorenzo, Santa Rita, Villarrica and Pilar. TeleSemana writes that Tigo has earmarked an investment of USD100 million for the first phase of its 4G deployment, with plans to achieve 40% population coverage by end-2016, rising to 66% by 2020 (equivalent to 250 locations throughout the country).
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Tigo agreed to pay USD45 million for its 2100MHz/1700MHz AWS concession in December 2015. Fellow bidder Claro is expected to switch on its LTE network by August 2016, at the latest.