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Futurecom 2013: Telefónica Vivo to expand LTE to 72 Brazilian cities by year end, outlines future goals

RIO DE JANEIRO—Expanding LTE services is among Telefónica Vivo’s goals for the next year. During a lecture at the Futurecom event, Antonio Carlos Valente, president of Telefónica Vivo, said the carrier plans to provide LTE services in 72 cities in Brazil by the end of 2013.

To date, the telecom operator has launched LTE services in 65 cities. Valente didn’t disclose any further information on future launches, such as on which regions the carrier will focus, but he guaranteed that there will be many more cities to come.

Vivo also provides 3G services in 3,131 cities. In addition, the carrier reaches 1.45 million homes with fiber optic connections and operates 2,381 radio base stations.

Among Vivo’s 2014 goals, Valente said the telecom operator is focusing on increasing rural coverage, and continuing 3G and LTE expansion. In addition, Telefónica Vivo is looking to launch applications, such as learning services and machine-to-machine (M2M) services for utilities and fleet management. These goals are part of Telefónica’s broader, global strategy to become a more digital telco.

Following this direction, Valente showed a device that monitors people health. “We are starting to step into the people field,” he noted. He mentioned remote patient health monitoring and management as potential future offerings.

In the field of mobile financial services, Valente noted that after the pilot phase, Vivo will be launching the mobile payment solution, Zuum, in January 2014. Vivo’s m-payment solution was first announced last year.

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Roberta Prescott
Roberta Prescott
Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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