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Peruvian WiMAX rollout to go ahead in 2011

30 ноября 2010

Perusat aims to cover seven Peruvian cities with its new WiMAX network by May 2011, having signed network equipment deals with ZTE, which will provide financing for the majority of the required equipment.

The company has not yet set dates for the subsequent steps of the project, but Jose Aranda operations director of ChinaTel, the U.S.-based company that acquired mobile broadband licensee Perusat in March 2009, told BNamericas last week that it will cover the whole country in three phases.

"Phase one encompasses the seven most populated cities of Peru except Lima. Phase two includes Lima and Callao, and phase three will cover the rest of the country," the news service quoted Aranda as saying.

Last week ChinaTel announced that Perusat and ZTE have brokered a deal that will see the Chinese vendor become the telco's exclusive supplier of network gear and consumer terminals, plus engineering and management services for the project. The seven-year deal is worth around $48 million, $6.98 million of which went on purchase orders for the first phase. ZTE will finance 85% of the cost of phase one infrastructure, while future equipment orders will be financed by Chinese banks with which ZTE has existing relationships.

At the time the deal was announced, ChinaTel president Colin Tay note that the ZTE equipment in question “will migrate from the current WiMAX 802.16e protocol to 802.16m, to TD-LTE, or dual band 16m and LTE.”

Meanwhile, Aranda told BNamericas that ZTE has been working towards the network rollout for the past few months and “will now begin manufacturing infrastructure equipment that will soon be installed in Peru.”

The phase one deployment will cover Piura, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Arequipa, Cuzco and Ica.


Источник: Total Telecom

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