Alcatel-Lucent and Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) have deployed the first 4G LTE high-speed mobile broadband network in Ecuador. So far the network covers the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca, Machala and Loja, as well as most of the major cities in Ecuador´s Pacific Coast and Southern area.
The agreement follows successful trials in the Amazonas and Estadio areas of Quito conducted earlier this year by Alcatel-Lucent and CNT. The 4G LTE coverage will be extended into rural areas of Ecuador previously unserved or underserved with high-speed broadband.
The new network will provide the increased capacity of high-speed mobile broadband to enable a range of services and application over mobile devices at download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 40Mbps.
These speeds will enable CNT to offer enhanced fixed, mobile and convergent services, such as high definition video streaming to a wide range of customers in Ecuador.
CNT is installing Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE base stations and the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM). CNT will use the 4G solution to develop plans that will improve network data capacity services and to expand national coverage, including bringing new services, such a HD video, advanced online games, telepresence, e-learning, and public safety.
Cesar Regalado, general manager, CNT said: “CNT demonstrates its leadership in deploying 4G LTE, as well as integrating fixed, mobile and convergent services. CNT is committed to increasingly improve its coverage and the quality of connectivity, offering the highest standards of service, investing in new technology platforms and extending its telecommunications networks. Bringing high-speed mobile broadband to its customers is part of that commitment.”
Carlos Pena, Andean region leader, Alcatel-Lucent said: “Our agreement with CNT is a prime example of how Alcatel-Lucent’s solutions address our customer needs. CNT trusted us to enable them to be the first service provider in Ecuador to offer 4G LTE service, providing ultra-broadband connectivity and a wide range of applications throughout the country and particularly in underserved and unserved areas.”