Movistar launches 4G+ in Venezuela

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 20 February 2015

A couple of months after getting the green light and being awarded radioelectric slots in which to deploy LTE services, Telefónica's Movistar is to launch 4G+ in Venezuela, thus opening growth opportunities for mobile video and over-the-top (OTT) platforms.

Through the 1700MHz, 2170MHz and 2600MHz bands, Movistar will start offering high speed mobile data connection in the areas of Caracas and Puerto La Cruz, using its previous experience with LTE deployment acquired across several countries in Latin America and Europe.

"This launch is a great investment in Venezuela, which makes our company consolidated as one of the largest investors of the country," explained Pedro Cortez, president of Telefónica Venezolana. "We are increasing our local investments and reinforcing our commitment to deliver better communication options to contribute to Venezuela's development."

In December 2014, Telefónica, together with DirecTV and Cantv, was awarded a 4G licence by the country's Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel). The service aims to cover 80% of the country by 2019, to which end both private and public operators will be investing over $2,000 million over the next five years.

In order to cover the demand of devices which enable customers to connect the 4G network - in a country in which technology is not widely available - Telefónica is also to sell the smartphones Huawei Y550, Huawei Ascend G6 and Alcatel Idol Mini 2S.