Claro Peru, the wholly-owned local unit of America Movil (AM), has doubled its LTE footprint by deploying 4G services to more than 900 additional locations in the fourth quarter of 2016, thus reaching a total of 1,854 localities with LTE. Claro Network’s director Juan David Rodriguez indicated that Claro has upgraded more than 1,000 4G LTE sites to support services in the 700MHz band. ‘This new network – now powered by the 700MHz band – offers our users the ability to access a better connectivity experience with more speed … Thanks to the large number of 2G and 3G base stations we have, we only have to add the new 700MHz band in them to continue to rapidly expand our 4G LTE coverage.’ The 700MHz-enabled sites are located in metropolitan Lima, Callao and 38 main cities in the departments of Amazonas, Ancash, Apurimac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Pasco, Piura, Puno, Tacna, Tumbes and Ucayali.
TeleGeography notes that Claro Peru commercially launched 4G services in May 2014, using spectrum in the 1900MHz band. The operator secured additional LTE-suitable frequencies from the Ministry of Transport and Communication (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) in May 2016, by bidding USD306 million for a 2×15MHz block of 700MHz spectrum (718MHz-733MHz/773MHz-788MHz). The company launched LTE services in the band in September 2016.