Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has announced that it has secured a deal with wireless providers Movistar Peru and Claro Peru to roll out mobile coverage to 292 unserved areas across 18 departments, benefiting a total of 87,204 inhabitants. Mundo Empresarial writes that, under the agreement, Claro will expand coverage to 126 locations, whilst Movistar will roll out its network to the remaining 166 areas. The departments included in the project are: Anncash, Apurimac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huanuco, Junin, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Piura, Puno, San Martin and Ucayali. According to Vice Minister of Communications Carlos Valdez, the project forms part of the government’s efforts to close the digital divide, with the official quoted as saying: ‘The expansion of services will reduce the differences between those living in rural areas, promoting their socio-economic development … It is important to work in an aligned way between civil society, academia, the private sector and, of course, the state to close that gap.’
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