The Government announced that, in two years, there will be almost total coverage with fourth generation (4G) mobile networks. “We are now at 50% access, but with the commitment of companies to reach 95% coverage in two years,” Heber Martinez, director of the National Communications Agency (ENaCom), said on Thursday at the International Conference of cable TV. The official said that the requirements for the installation of base stations are being accelerated, to cover almost the entire national territory by 2020.
The cell phone operators began installing new networks at the end of 2014, after the auction of 4G frequencies, for which they paid US $ 1,727 million to the national State. Up to the end of the first quarter of this year, they installed 18,145 radio bases, 50% more than they had a year ago.
But now “the obligations of deployment of mobile services accelerated. By 2020, more than 95% of the territory will have a 4G service, “assured Andrés Ibarra, deputy chief of Cabinet and secretary of the Government of Modernization.
The current deployment of these networks is almost 60% of the schedule foreseen in the auction of 4G frequencies. Is that the frequency of 700 Megahertz (Mhz) was occupied when it was tendered and could only build almost all the current 4G infrastructure in the 1700 and 2100 Mhz. But as the 700 Mhz has already been released, the government claimed that cell phone operators cover 90% of the territory by the end of next year and 95% in 2020.
The 4G cellular telephony allows faster Internet access and better stability in mobile communications. Since the 4G networks were launched, users have multiplied geometrically the consumption of data in the cell phone, where more than half of the traffic is video. This topic was discussed at the Conference on Convergence and ICTs, of the Cable TV Days, which was moderated by José Crettaz, director of the Career in Communication Sciences (UADE).
“Content consumption globally is increasingly seen in mobile phones and in Latin America 60% of mobile network traffic is already video content,” said Sebastián Cabello, regional director of the GSMA Association. Therefore, “the future lies in the quality of the networks, as a differential and key factor,” added Sonia Agnese, analyst for Latin America of the Ovum consultancy.