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November 15, 2013

Telefónica Chile Launches Commercial LTE Network Using Samsung Technology

Santiago, Chile – November 12, 2013 – Telefónica Chile (Movistar) announced the commercial availability and of its LTE services throughout Chile. The new mobile network uses Samsung’s advanced and differentiated LTE network solutions, which allows Telefonica in Chile to be able to offer LTE services throughout the country using the latest mobile broadband technology, serving diverse areas that previously lacked high –speed mobile internet access.



This partnership was established between Telefónica and Samsung in February 2013 and it expects to cover over the 95% of the country LTE network, including relevant cities such as Concepción and La Serena. In addition, the two companies will also ensure that 16 of the 20 most populated cities in Chile are covered.



Under the globalization plan for its Networks Business, Samsung has also established an organization, the Technical Support Center based in Santiago, to provide the quickest support for Telefónica Chile’s LTE network and future deployments across Latin America.



"We see the consumer revolution and the need for people to connect to the video is what is moving the Chilean market today. So we opted for 4G technology where video experience is far superior to what customers have seen before. We have a really important coverage in the country and are moving forward to offer most of the country a great 4G LTE service quality, hand in hand with our partnership with Samsung whom we have chosen as a partner due to its expertise and leadership in the world ", explained Roberto Muñoz, Chief Executive Officer of Telefonica in Chile.



“Samsung is delighted to support the launch of Telefónica Chile’s commercial LTE service. The advanced technology built into this network will allow mobile customers to access content and services faster than ever before,” said Youngky Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is also a meaningful milestone for Samsung as we look to boost investment and encourage business development in Latin America, one of the fastest growing global mobile markets.”



Samsung is at the forefront of developing and deploying the latest LTE technologies having supported Korean operators to commercialize the world’s first Carrier Aggregation in June 2013 and launch the world’s first Multi-Carrier functionality in 2012.



With over 30 years’ of proven field experience in OFDMA technologies, Samsung is rapidly building successful global partnerships with mobile service providers helping them to implement the most advanced LTE solutions.

About Telefónica in Chile

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization. Its activity is mainly focused on fixed and mobile phone services, with broadband as the key tool for the development of both businesses.
Telefónica operates in 25 countries and has 287.6 million customers worldwide (as of December 2010).
Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where it focuses, as an important part of its growth strategy. In Chile, its products are sold under the Movistar brand.







About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.



Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductor and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of $187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.