Entel aiming to leverage enterprise IT success with Americatel

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chilean telco Entel is aiming to leverage its growing IT services business in Peruvian capital Lima through its Americatel unit, Entel CFO Felipe Ureta said during a conference call with investors.

"We continue to reshape the business and will keep on growing the Lima enterprise segment, providing integrated solutions of voice and data through IT solutions in the Lima area, and also continue to expand in the provision of IT services, trying to leverage all that we're doing in Chile," Ureta said.

In Chile, besides its residential mobile and fixed voice and data services, Entel operates six data centers and has said it will invest US$40mn a year for the next few years in bolstering its corporate IT services.

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Of the US$40mn this year, some US$25mn will go into infrastructure, mainly GPON fiber optic technology, and the remainder will go into developing specific projects for customers, plus capacity for cloud computing.

Cloud-based services have been in most demand, namely software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Entel reported that during the first nine months of 2011, Americatel Perú saw income of 14bn pesos (US$28.2mn), a 4% decline from the same period in 2010, due to exchange rate losses between the Chilean peso and the Peruvian sol.

But the company saw a 6% rise in income in local currency terms, due to an increase in data services.

In Chile, Entel posted enterprise IT sales of 68.5bn pesos in January-September, up 14% year-on-year.