CNT to Deploy Ecuador’s First 4G LTE Ultra-Broadband Network
Mobile operator Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) will launch Ecuador’s first ultra-broadband 4G LTE network in the last week of November. CNT is utilizing Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution to provide high-speed mobile 4G connectivity to the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca, Machala and Loja, as well as most of the major cities in Ecuador´s Pacific Coast and southern area.
CNT will offer a ‘MyFi’ mobile Wi-Fi hotspot router, enabling users to wirelessly connect up to five devices (including smartphones, tablets and laptops) to its 4G network. CNT will sell LTE mobile internet packages with prices ranging between $35 and $50, for 2 to 5GB of traffic. The offer will initially be available in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca.
CNT will then gradually extend 4G LTE coverage into rural areas of Ecuador previously unserved or underserved with high-speed broadband. The LTE deployment should cause no disruptions to existing 2G and 3G services.
The launch follows a successful trial in the Amazonas and Estadio areas of Quito earlier this year between CNT and Alacatel-Lucent. The trial demonstrated the benefits of LTE’s increased capacity and ultra-broadband download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 40 Mbps. These speeds will enable CNT to provide a range of services perfectly suited for the advanced, bandwidth-hungry applications — such as high-definition video streaming and online games — used by today’s smartphones and tablets.
Cesar Regalado, general manager, CNT said: “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.”
As part of the project, CNT will deploy around 400 LTE base stations across the country by mid-2014. The company will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE base stations and the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM).
Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, CNT S.A. was created in October 30, 2008, as a result of the merger between Andinatel S.A. and Pacifictel S.A. CNT S.A. became a public company in January 2010. On July 30, 2010 the company officially merged with mobile operator Telecsa (Alegro). Today, CNT is the leading telecommunications provider in Ecuador, offering both fixed and mobile telephony and Internet services, as well as pay TV.
(Story updated 10-21-2013)