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Claro enhances capacity in 61 sectors in 20 P.R. towns

Claro continues to build out its wireless capacity to blanket Puerto Rico. Claro continues to build out its wireless capacity to blanket Puerto Rico.

Telecommunications provider Claro announced Monday that as part of its $370 million investment in network upgrades, it has extended high-speed wireless broadband to 61 sectors in 30 towns across Puerto Rico.

The mobile modernization project began in 2015 and should be completed next year, company officials confirmed. The plan calls for expanding fiber optic infrastructure to homes and combining new spectrum with LTE Advance technology using “carrier aggregation” to promote greater mobile navigation speeds, coverage and capacity, officials said.

The recently added sectors in Carolina, Ponce, Peñuelas, Aibonito, Yauco, Cidra, Villalba, Guayanilla, Bayamón, San Juan, Humacao, Naguabo, Morovis, Florida, Utuado, Santurce, Las Piedras, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Hormigueros, Culebra, Barranquitas, Orocovis, Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Trujillo Alto, Hatillo, Cayey, Vega Baja and Isabela now have equipment in place to offer Claro clients speeds of up to 100Mbps.

The ambitious upgrade project and evolution of Claro’s mobile network allows the carrier to increase navigation speeds up to four times more, with an increase of up to 230 percent in coverage and more capacity.

The project will be completed during 2017, and the carrier will provide progress reports as phases are completed, Claro said in a release Monday.

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