Claro launches HSPA+, investing US$1bn in 2011-12

- Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Claro launches HSPA+, investing US$1bn in 2011-12

Argentine mobile telephony operator Claro is investing US$1bn to implement its HSPA+ project nationwide, company massive market director Fernando del Río told BNamericas.

"The 3G network required a software upgrade to launch HSPA+," the executive said. "However, we also invested in the expansion of our core infrastructure to have more capacity for increasing data traffic. With this upgrade we improved the quality of our entire network."

The total investment will be executed in 2011-12. The new technology is available in areas where Claro has previously deployed 3G infrastructure, which currently reaches 90% of the country's population, Del Rio said.

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HSPA+ technology will enable mobile devices to reach access speeds of 5Mbps, he added.

The operator also launched a video-on-demand service called "Ideas Entretenimiento," to be available for local broadband subscribers.

Claro Argentina, fully owned by Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil (NYSE: AMX), currently has 19mn subscribers in the country.

Other local mobile operators include Personal, owned by Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO), and Movistar, controlled by Spain's Telefónica (NYSE: TEF).