Claro Chile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the América Móvil group, has become the first operator to launch commercial LTE (long term evolution) services in Chile. As its sole supplier, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has provided the radio and core network and services for the operator’s new 4G network, the first of its kind in the country.
Under the contract, NSN provided an LTE radio access network featuring its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations. The Flexi Multiradio base station is a single RAN (radio access network) base station for GSM, 3G, and LTE. It facilitates an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using NSN’s NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimisation for Claro Chile’s radio and core network, including iSON automation.
To complete the LTE network, the company also deployed its evolved packet core (EPC) network to help the operator deal with the unprecedented increase in data traffic over its network.
In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks’ Global Services is providing Claro Chile with network planning and optimisation services, as well as operational services for process alignment, support and engineering. With the help of these, the LTE implementation for Claro Chile was accomplished in record time, in accordance with the rules set by Subtel, the Chilean telecom regulator. The contract also includes care hardware and competence development services.