Ecuador’s state-owned provider CNT (Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) has formed an Automatic National Roaming agreement with Telefonica’s local Movistar unit which will see 4G coverage expanded within 18 provinces.
As reported by TeleGeography, the agreement forms part of the government’s Digital Ecuador strategy and will see the operators sharing access to a total of 94 cell sites to boost coverage of 4G as well as 5G in the future. CNT owns 59 of the sites while 35 are owned by Movistar.
Martha Moncayo, General Manager of CNT said: “This inter-institutional effort is part of the tariff infrastructure sharing agreement, which seeks to optimise investment by companies for the benefit of rural areas of the country, promoting continuous innovation in the offer of services and networks, with the aim of satisfying the needs of society.”
Luis Bentuil, CEO of Telefonica Movistar Ecuador, added: “The agreement will generate more inclusion in the Ecuadorian population. We are proud to reinforce this type of alliance with CNT as an efficient alternative to have sustainable networks in Ecuador.”