Virgin towerco markets: Bolivia
Are towercos going to enter Bolivia in light of its complicated past?
Build to suit (BTS) tower companies tend to be attracted by densification plans, and the launch of 4G LTE usually entails substantial investments by carriers to enhance their network capacity. However, in spite of all three active operators having commenced their 4G rollout across Bolivia, the country has so far failed to attract independent towercos, possibly as a result of a history of nationalisation of key international organisations.
In this editorial, TowerXchange takes a look at the country’s mobile market, its promising growth pattern as well as its troubles to attract international towercos.
Back in May 2008 Bolivian President Evo Morales decided to re-nationalise the Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), after months of disputes with its majority shareholder Telecom Italia.