Liberty Latin America expands broadband ambitions in Chile

Liberty Latin America expands broadband ambitions in Chile

14 August 2019 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Liberty Latin America’s VTR is to expand its operations in Chile, to add or upgrade its service to 200,000 homes.

This is an additional 50,000 broadband homes compared with previous expectations, said Liberty, and brings the total estimated additions or upgrades across all of Liberty Latin America’s markets to at least 450,000 homes for 2019.

Guillermo Ponce (pictured), CEO of VTR, said: “We are excited about extending our new build and upgrade plans for this year and see tremendous opportunity beyond 2019 in further expanding our footprint to the rest of Chile.”

Liberty said the build-out strategy in Chile is consistent with its overall ambition to expand the provision of high-speed connectivity across the region, while delivering the highest levels of service for its 3 million Liberty Latin America (LLA) fixed-line customers.

Chris Noyes, CFO of LLA, said: “We consistently evaluate new build and upgrade opportunities and are pleased with the financial returns we deliver through these programmes. Due to the excellent work by our engineering teams to reduce new build and upgrade costs per home across LLA and given the sizable VTR market opportunity, we are happy to accelerate plans to bring broadband to as many citizens of Chile as possible, without changing our existing guidance for capital expenditures in 2019.”

Ponce added: “A major goal of Liberty Latin America is to bring high-speed connectivity to as many people as possible. Importantly, this is the beginning of further construction into areas where we had previously not ventured and we will bring the fastest broadband in the region to these new homes.”