Brazilian operator Telemar has signed a contract with Nokia to begin trials of the equipment maker’s fixed mobile convergence solutions. Under the terms of the deal Nokia will deploy a comprehensive end-to-end solution for unified core and converged access networks, as well as Nokia terminals providing multimedia and VoIP services for both mobile and fixed line customers. Telemar currently has around 15 million fixed line subscribers and eight million mobile users, via its cellular arm Oi.
Separately, Chinese equipment supplier ZTE has revealed plans to push 3G technology in Brazil and other parts of Latin America, according to BNAmericas. The company said it expects 3G to take off in Brazil in 2007.