Argentina improves Atlantic Coast connectivity in time for summer vacations

Thursday, January 3, 2019

By Enacom (machine translation)

January 3, 2019 - The Secretary of Government of Modernization, Andrés Ibarra, together with the President of Enacom, Silvana Giudici, and representatives of the operators Claro, Movistar and Personal, presented in the city of Mar del Plata the Plan "Summer Connected "whose objective is to strengthen communications on the Atlantic Coast during the summer of 2019.

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Working together with the main mobile operators, 80 additional base stations were installed, in addition to the 1,000 already installed to guarantee 4G signal coverage in the main spa corridors of the province of Buenos Aires, significantly expanding the capacity and security of the networks .

"Now, those who visit the coast will be able to have a substantial improvement in the Internet service, tourism is one of our main economic engines and when it grows, so do Argentines and jobs and for this connectivity is a necessary condition, "said the Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Government of Modernization of the Nation, Andrés Ibarra.

"Today we have to announce with the companies a reinforcement of radio bases in the Atlantic Coast to face the strong demand that the service will have during the summer months, so that all tourists can share their holidays and feel safe. and protected when communicating, "said Silvana Giudici, president of the National Communications Agency.

Taking into account the destinations most visited by tourists in the summer season, the installation of the additional 4G radio bases was set up in the matches of La Costa (San Clemente del Tuyu, Santa Teresita, San Bernardo, Mar de Ajo) Villa Party Gesell, Partido de Pinamar and Partido General Pueyrredón, whose main city is Mar del Plata.

This initiative complements the deployment established in the tender document 4G, which already provides coverage in the main route of Provincial Route 2, also in the towns of Claromecó, Necochea, Chapadmalal, Mar del Sur, Arenas Verdes, Balneario San Cayetano and Orense Spa, among others.

In the last two years, the total of 4G base stations deployed in the country increased more than 150%, going from 7,600 to more than 20,000 and achieving a penetration of 58%. The objective of the National Communications Plan is to reach 93% of the population by the end of this year: this includes the deployment in 1713 cities of more than 10,000 inhabitants, 9,961km of routes and 200 small tourist and productive localities that today do not have quality mobile internet.

These developments allowed for, for example, on December 31, the rate of mobile phone call cut was reduced by 50% compared to the same date of 2017. At the same time, the last day of 2018 was recorded a exponential increase in data consumption of approximately 250%, which allowed unprecedented voice and video communication on the last day of the year.