Movistar Peru, the local mobile unit of Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, has announced the commercial launch of a 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network supporting maximum download speeds of 250Mbps. At present, the high speed service is available in the district of Coishco, as well as parts of Puente Piedra (Lima), San Juan de Lurigancho (Lima) and the town of Aguaytia. Movistar is using carrier aggregation (CA) technology to combine its newly acquired 700MHz spectrum with its existing 2100MHz/1700MHz AWS frequencies to achieve the higher data rates.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommusUpdate, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) awarded Movistar a 2×15MHz block of 700MHz spectrum in May 2016, after the cellco bid a total of USD315.01 million for the C block frequencies. Under the terms of the new 20-year spectrum licences, the winning bidders are required to roll out services to 195 unserved or underserved towns within the first five years.