Wholesale operator IPT has doubled coverage in rural Peru

Bnamericas Published: Saturday, August 28, 2021

Peruvian rural wholesale operator Internet para Todos (IPT) has managed to double 4G Internet access in rural communities in around two years, Telefónica announced in a statement this week.

IPT has 4G coverage in 12,000 rural population centers throughout the country. The regions of Huancavelica (1,825 connected localities), Ayacucho (1,286), Cusco (1,211), Huánuco (1,160) and Áncash (1,079) account for more than half of the total areas now connected with 4G services.

Of these areas, 399 are greenfield (previously they had no connection). These include communities in the regions of Cusco (143), Ayacucho (93), Apurímac (70) and Huancavelica (67).

Since IPT was created as a joint venture by Telefónica, Facebook, IDB Invest and CAF in May 2019, connectivity in Arequipa region has increased 1,626%, rising from 19 locations with high-speed mobile internet access to 328. Madre de Dios has seen the number of connected locations climb 955%, with those in Moquegua up 960% and Cajamarca 820%, the company said.

IPT's objective is to connect more than 6mn Peruvians living in rural areas who are not currently connected to the internet. So far IPT has connected more than 2.2mn people.

Despite the fact that there are four mobile operators in Peru, as well as several MVNOs, Entel and Movistar (Telefónica) are the only operators that are now using IPT's rural mobile network, Telefónica confirmed to BNamericas.

Telefónica also has contracts for access and transport services in rural areas with other rural mobile operators (OIMR) in Peru, such as Andesat and Mayu Telecommunications, according to the website of regulator Osiptel.

IPT uses open technologies, such as Open RAN, to make network deployment more cost-efficient.

In Colombia, Telefónica has just been selected by the CRC to carry out an Open RAN network project for rural areas as part of a regulatory sandbox for telecommunications.

Regulation plays a key role in the success of the model.

Subscribe to the most trusted business intelligence platform in Latin America. Let us show you our solutions for Suppliers, Contractors, Operators, Government, Legal, Financial and Insurance.

Subscribe to Latin America’s most trusted business intelligence platform.

Other projects in: ICT

Get critical information about thousands of ICT projects in Latin America: what stages they're in, capex, related companies, contacts and more.

Other companies in: ICT

Get critical information about thousands of ICT companies in Latin America: their projects, contacts, shareholders, related news and more.

  • Company: Cotel S.A.S.  (Cotel)
  • The description contained in this profile was taken directly from an official source and has not been edited or modified by BNamericas researchers, but may have been automatical...
  • Company: Ausenco Ltd.  (Ausenco)
  • Ausenco Ltd. is an Australian engineering and project management firm that provides program management, project management, technical solutions, engineering, global procurement,...
  • Company: Kyndryl Brasil
  • The description included in this profile was taken directly from an official source and has not been modified or edited by the BNamericas’ researchers. However, it may have been...
  • Company: Telecom Argentina S.A.  (Telecom Argentina)
  • Telecom Argentina S.A. (Telecom) is an Argentine telco that owns licenses to provide fixed-line and mobile telephony, pay-TV, and Internet services for individual consumers and ...
  • Company: Cámara de Comercio de Santiago A.G.  (CCS)
  • The Santiago chamber of commerce (CCS) is a non-profit trade association that supports local business development by providing members and businesses alike with products, servic...