Personal Paraguay extends the LTE coverage to 51 locations

Personal Paraguay extended the coverage of its LTE service to 51 locations nationwide.

The operator started offering its LTE service on smartphones since December last year on the 1,900 MHz band.

According to an updated coverage map provided by the operator, the 4G network is now available in Asuncion, Conception, Horqueta, Loreto, Santaní, San Pedro del Ycuamandyyú, Santa Rosa del Aguaray, Caacupé, Tobatí, San Bernardino, Villarrica, Caaguazú, Coronel Oviedo, Estigarribia, Encarnacion, Cambyretá, San Ignacio, Ayolas, San Juan Bautista, Paraguarí, Carapeguá, Ciudad del Este, Hernandarias, Presidente Franco, Minga Guazú, Santa Rita, Juan E. Oleary, Lambaré, Villa Elisa, San Antonio, Ñemby, Capiatá, San Lorenzo, Fernando de Mora, Luque, Mariano Roque Alonso, Areguá, Ypané, Guarambaré, J. Augusto Saldivar, Ita, Ypacaraí, Itauguá, Pilar, Salto del Guaira, Curuguaty, Villa Hayes, Eusebio Ayala, Piribebuy, San José de los Arroyos and Yaguarón.

Personal Paraguay, which began in 2013 to provide 4G through dongles, launched 4G on smartphones in the capital Asuncion at the end of last year, opting to use frequencies in the 1900 MHz band after opting out of the regulator’s 1700MHz/2100MHz AWS spectrum auction in December 2015. 1,700MHz/2100 MHz (AWS) band were eventually awarded to Claro (America Movil) and Tigo (Millicom).

However, the launch of the LTE on smartphones last year brought problems for personal, since the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) accused Personal of failing to seek its consent for the deployment of 4G technology in the 1,900 MHz band.

Rival Claro, Tigo and Vox are also offering LTE service in Paraguay. Paraguay had 125,000 LTE users at the end of 2015 that would rise almost 800 percent to 1.12 million in 2020.