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Telecom Argentina targets 260 5G sites, 1mn fiber clients by year-end

Telecom Argentina expects to end this year with 260 5G sites deployed, which would mean adding approximately 160 more sites in the remainder of the year.

That target was announced by CTO Miguel Fernández at a press conference during the international technology seminar (SIT) hosted by the company at its headquarters in Buenos Aires.

Fernández said that the company has an investment budget of US$500mn for this year, which will be spent on deploying fiber optic, 4G and 5G networks.

It currently has 500,000 clients connected to its fiber optic network and the goal is to double that figure to 1mn by the end of the year.

Telecom Argentina’s fiber optic and HFC (cable modem) network covers nearly 10mn homes.

“We had a [fiber optic] deployment rate of 17,000 blocks a year and this year we have 7,000 targeted,” Fernández said in response to a question from BNamericas, adding that the figure could rise to 10,000 this year.

The company has deployed 100 5G sites, according to the latest figures made public in April.

Telecom’s 5G deployment is being carried out in areas with the highest traffic demand, which includes the northern corridor, which includes the urban areas of Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba.

“If we didn’t make this deployment [of 5G], we could possibly start to see congestion,” said Fernández.

The company is also beginning to deploy wireless 5G broadband in areas where it does not have fiber coverage, such as new real estate developments.

According to company figures, around 16% of its customers have 5G-compatible devices and it estimates that approximately 2.5mn users have employed the 5G network.

This year, Telecom plans to have an active site in each provincial capital, as established in its spectrum tender obligations.

Meanwhile, deployment of the autonomous 5G network core is expected to be completed in 2025.

At the same time, it is working on shutting down the legacy 3G network. The spectrum liberated will be reused for 4G infrastructure. BNamericas

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