Bolivia

Geographic Region (ITU/UN)

ISO 3166 Code

BO

M49 Code

068

MCC

736

ITU Member

Yes

ITU-R Region

Overview

Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. It is bordered to the north and east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru.

Since 2006 more than 11,000 radio base stations have been deployed allowing a rapid rollout of 3G and 4G LTE technologies. According to latest ITU data (June 2017) 3G mobile coverage reaches 74.5% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by 60.7% of Bolivians.

Bolivia is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and as such follows radio frequency harmonisation principles according to ITU-R Region-2. The regulatory body governing communications policy is the Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Servicios y Vivienda, and the Autoridad de Regulación y Fiscalización de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (ATT) is charged with regulating the country's radio frequency spectrum activities such as planning, allocations, and licencing.

National Mobile Network Operators

There are 3 mobile network operators servicing this region.

3G: N/A
3G Bands: B5 (850 MHz)
4G: N/A
4G Bands: B13 (700 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A
3G: N/A
3G Bands: B5 (850 MHz)
4G: N/A
4G Bands: B17 (700 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A
3G: N/A
3G Bands: B5 (850 MHz)
4G: N/A
4G Bands: B4 (1700 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A

News & Developments

The Sunday papers in Bolivia were quick to announce Tigo's launch this month of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) high-speed nationwide.

The service with speeds of up to 100 Mbps will be Millicom's second 4G offering to date - the first being in Colombia, in December 2013.

The manager of the National Telecommunications Company (Entel), Oscar Coca, announced that since April will integrate the technology 'LTE' (Long Term Evolution) to its network of Fourth Generation (4G) internet, with the purpose of increasing to six Megabits per second the speed of navigation.

The government of Bolivia has assigned spectrum for the provision of LTE services to state-run telco Entel and Tigo. According to a document from telecoms watchdog ATT, the government awarded two blocs of spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

In late February, as Convergencialatina informed, the country surrendered 1900 MHz spectrum for mobile services, a fact that surprised the market due to the long wait of operators (since 1999 there was no tender in the country) and compliance -not everyone expected – of at least one part of the frequency allocation schedule.