Peruvian regulator forecasts increased BTS requirements by 2025

Peruvian regulator forecasts increased BTS requirements by 2025

A study by Peru’s regulator Osiptel has found that an additional 36,695 base stations must be deployed by 2025 to meet growing data demand among the country’s subscribers.

By the end of 2022, Osiptel (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones / Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications) anticipates that 34,577 base transceiver stations (BTS) will be required.

After another year, the regulator expects this figure to increase to 49,135, reaching 60,771 by the end of 2025. Given that at the end of 2019 there were 24,076 BTS active in Peru, Osiptel’s forecasts constitute a deployment increase of over 150%, although the regulator notes that passive or active infrastructure sharing deals would reduce the overall figure.

According to the regulator’s study, in Q3 2020 the average monthly mobile data traffic in Peru was around 206.7PB. Osiptel expects this to reach 971.0PB per month by 2025.

TeleGeography reports that the regulator has also identified five regions which will require an increase of over 200% in telecom sites: Arequipa, which will need a 224% increase, Ica (337%), La Libertad (219%), Lambayeque (270%) and Ucayali (242%).

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