Bolivia Fast Facts*
Population: 11 million
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Area: 1,098,580 square kilometers
GDP per capita (PPP): $7,000
Wireless market penetration: 86.4%†
Wireless operators: 3
Seizing Growth Opportunity through LTE
Building on a proven track record of strong and profitable growth, Viva is bolstering its subscriber base and driving growth in data adoption and usage across its more than two million strong customer base by expanding LTE coverage. Smartphone penetration of 26% and extremely low broadband penetration – both considerably below that of the rest of South America – present a substantial growth opportunity. Since 2015, Viva has ramped up network investment and has significantly expanded its 4G sites, widened its rural footprint, expanded capacity and enhanced overall network quality to better serve the increasing number of customers using smartphones and tablet devices.
Learn more about Viva at http://www.viva.com.bo/
Founded by the Trilogy International Partners management team in 1999 (while leading their predecessor company, Western Wireless International), NuevaTel launched commercial service in 2000 under the brand name Viva. Trilogy acquired the majority share of the business in 2006, following the sale of Western Wireless to Alltel in 2005. The remaining 28.5 percent of Viva is owned by Cooperativa Mixta de Telecomunicaciones Cochabamba (Comteco), the third largest landline cooperative in Bolivia.
- Voice and data service, including services delivered via SMS-based platform, over a 3G and 4G network
- Wireless broadband services via 3G, 4G and WiMAX
- The full line of BlackBerry® services both in prepaid and postpaid options
- International roaming agreements with over 231 operators in countries worldwide
- Postpaid and prepaid payment options
- Fixed telephony services
- ILD termination and origination
- Local and international electronic top-up services
- Alliances with Facebook, including Facebook Flex
- Mobile Wallet
Bolivia, which lies in the central region of South America, is home to large mineral deposits and natural gas reserves. It has one of the best performing economies in Latin America, as strong public investment and private consumption has fueled GDP growth at an average rate of 13% per year since 2006. Notably, Bolivia did not experience a downturn during the Great Recession.
At 86.4 percent, Bolivia has the lowest mobile penetration rate in South America. A very stable, three-player competitive environment and substantial, unmet demand for communications services makes it an attractive market for the provision of wireless services. Much of this unmet demand is due to the lack of a national fixed-line communications provider in Bolivia; rather, the local wireline network is fragmented into 15 monopolistic, independent regional telephone cooperatives. Viva provides voice and a variety of data services to its mobile customers over its 3G-enabled GSM and 4G LTE networks. It is investing in its LTE network to support increased usage and broadband access, which is particularly nascent in Bolivia and present significant opportunities for short- and long-term growth. Viva maintains international roaming agreements with 231 operators in 99 countries worldwide.
*Source: The World Factbook, the Central Intelligence Agency
†Source: Estimated by Trilogy management