The Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has urged operators to hasten the deployment of new base transceiver stations (BTS), claiming that the amount needed to meet growing demand for mobile voice and data services by 2021 is nearly double the number currently in service. According to the regulator’s studies, 36,513 BTS will be needed to satisfy demand in 2021, but at present the nations mobile network operator have deployed just 18,928 – leaving a gap of 17,535. The watchdog claimed that the greatest gulf between current and needed BTS levels are in Lima, where it says the deficit is 4,938, La Libertad (1,444), Piura (987), Cajamarca (869) and Puno (866). The regulator added that around 21% of mobile internet traffic in Peru is currently over 4G networks, and that figure is expected to rise to 88% by 2021.
Commenting on the findings, Osiptel general manager Sergio Cifuentes noted: ‘Looking ahead at more efficient network deployment, operators could opt for greater sharing of infrastructure … [but] to date, the shared use of passive infrastructure between mobile providers is just 2% of the existing deployments.’