Bolivia’s Entel will deploy fiber optic mobile antennas in Beni
The Bolivian state telecommunications company Entel will deploy 17 new cellular antennas in the Beni department and around 1.260 km of a fiber optic network from Puerto Siles to Guayaramerín, the Ministry of Public Works, Services and Housing (MOPSV) announced.
At the end of September, according to the telecommunications authority ATT, 358,802 of the almost 12 million cellular lines in operation in Bolivia were lost.
The government will provide telecommunications with $ 6 million to expand fiber optic infrastructure aimed at providing FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) services to residents, the ministry said.
The announcement was made by Minister Edgar Montaño after visiting Beni to inspect the future Ichilo-Mamoré transport route.
Montaño said over 60 million Bolivians ($ 8.4 million) will be released to improve Beni’s highways and roads and to resume work halted by private contractors for lack of payments.
Another 88 million Bolivians will be used to build 879 social housing units for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities in 19 municipalities of the ministry.
Last November, Entel received 250 million Bolivians through the national telecommunications program for the third phase of its antenna deployment.
Entel is also at the helm of a national fiber-optic broadband program launched in June 2018 with the aim of connecting 120 municipalities and 21 other locations with a fiber ring by June this year.
The project has a budget of 734 million bolivianos.
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