Claro Puerto Rico deploys LTE-Advanced network to 8 more localities

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Claro has extended its LTE-Advanced service to another 28 boroughs in 8 localities on the island.

Claro’s LTE-Advanced network offers speeds up to 100 Mbps by aggregating spectrums in the 700MHz and 2100MHz/1700MHz AWS bands.

Current launch of LTE-Advanced network took place in the municipalities of Rio Grande, in the northwest of the country; Hatillo (north); Jayuya (center); Patillas (southeast); Sabana Grande (southwest); Mayagüez (west); San Sebastián (west) and Ceiba (east).

Claro launched its 100Mbps LTE-Advanced network in November 2016, covering a total of 30 (of 78) municipalities at launch. A further 11 areas were connected to the LTE-Advanced network on 1 December 2016, and 8 more went live on 22 December. Claro has planned to offer nationwide LTE-Advanced coverage by the end of 2017.

The telco said that “Claro’s aggressive investment plan includes the modernization of its networks, the expansion of fiber to the home and the initiative that combines the new spectrum with LTE technology … to provide greater navigation speed, coverage and capacity.”

Last October, when the operator announced its intention to move forward with LTE-Advanced network, said that it was reaching with fiber optics to the home and the sidewalk 280,000 households with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Enrique Ortíz de Montellano, CEO Claro, added that the works in these projects involved an investment of $370 million between 2015 and 2016.