Entel Chile

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Country

Company Name

Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones S.A.

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Entel is the largest telecommunications company in Chile with a history spanning over 50 years. Founded in 1964 by the Chilean government, the company was privatised in 1992. By 2001 a majority controlling stake was secured by Telecom Italia Group, only to be sold off in 2005 to Chilean holding company Almendral. Entel is listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange under stock symbol ENTEL.

The company operates 2G services over 1900 MHz, and a 3G HSPA+ network over B2 (1900 MHz). In March 2014 Entel launched 4G LTE over B7 (2600 MHz) after securing 20 MHz (paired) of 2.6 GHz spectrum in July 2012. APT700 spectrum was introduced by the national regulator in May 2016, and Entel subsequently launched a B28 (700 MHz) LTE-A network, using carrier aggregation to provide up to 300 Mbps downlink.

Through strategic partnership with Ericsson, Entel announced in October 2017 its intention to deploy Massive MIMO, a first for Chile, and a number of network modernisation projects to push forward towards 5G. The company conducted further tests in partnership with Ericsson, with a June 2018 5G test achieving 24 Gbps over the n257 (28 GHz) band. The tests also included a showcasing of advanced 5G technologies that include massive MIMO, massive beamforming, distributed MIMO, multi-user MIMO, and Beam Tracking.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2006-12 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2014-03]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Trialling
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation -
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
No Data Trialling

Services Available

As specialists in 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies, our R-Spectrum team provides in-country technical services to most regions around the world. Operating on a contract basis we are often sent to remote and isolated regions to assist companies in establishing voice and data communications.

Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.

News & Developments

Entel and Ericsson carried out a demonstration of 5G technology in Chile, which managed to reach a record speed in data transfer of more than 24Gbps, the highest that has been achieved in a test in South America. The technological milestone constitutes a relevant advance, which will allow testing the capabilities of 5G technology in an active network to telecommunications operators

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has extended its 20-year strategic partnership with Entel, the largest telecommunications company in Chile. Under the terms of the new contract, Ericsson will prepare Entel’s network in the evolution path towards 5G by deploying its latest LTE FDD network technologies and LTE TDD Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output).

Entel announced the start-up of its 4G network in the B28 (700 MHz) band, the same day that the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) affirmed that the spectrum was already available for use.