Telefónica reaches over 370,000 subscribers with fixed wireless service

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Peruvian fixed line operator Telefónica del Perú (TdP) now has over 370,000 subscribers for its fixed wireless service FonoYa, the company said in a statement.

The company said it has 151,300 wireless lines in the provinces and 221,200 in capital Lima and neighboring port city Callao.

Between January and October this year, the operator sold 261,000 wireless lines across the country. TdP expects to reach 400,000 wireless lines in Peru by year-end.

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The FonoYa service includes per-second billing, caller ID service

and SMS. There is also a prepaid plan, which includes 7,200 seconds, 100 text messages to sister company Movistar cell phones, caller ID and a voice mail box, all for 35 soles (US$11.16).

Local telecoms consultancy DN Consultores director Carlos Huamán told BNamericas that through FonoYa, TdP mainly targets people living in the outskirts of urban areas. The analyst said that this telephony plan costs significantly less than traditional fixed telephony plans.

Huamán said that deployments of fixed wireless infrastructure contribute to the expansion of fixed penetration in Peru, which is still lower compared to the regional average in Latin America.

Telefónica del Perú is a subsidiary of Spanish telecoms operator Telefónica (NYSE: TEF).