The Project involves the construction and operation of telecommunications towers in Peru and Ecuador,The Project involves the construction and operation of telecommunications towers in Peru and Ecuador. According to the Bank, this Project will have a positive developmental impact through the construction and operation of telecommunications infrastructure in Ecuador and Peru. As consumers are increasingly accessing the internet with wireless mobile devices, the demand for quality and reliable broadband service is growing. The Project will deploy at least 500 towers that will help meet the coverage and density requirements for 4G mobile broadband networks. The telecommunications tower sector in Ecuador and Peru remains under-developed, as existing networks were primarily built to serve second generation networks and require significant upgrades to deliver advanced data services for internet access. An additional 4,800 towers in Peru and 2,300 towers in Ecuador are needed to meet the growing demand for 4G network coverage required for mobile data usage in these countries. The Project will also increase reliable wireless telephone and internet services to customers in rural areas, as approximately 30% of the Project’s towers will be located in rural areas.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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