US-based NII Holdings plans to deploy a digital trunking network in Chile before the end of the year, the company said in its third quarter results announcement. NII said Nextel Chile will initially deploy a limited network with expansion depending on demand. In June NII received authorisation from Chile’s supreme court to commence operations in the country after eight years of legal disputes. An analyst for local newspaper La Segunda was quoted as saying that Nextel Chile is likely to launch in larger cities first, including Santiago, Valparaíso, Concepción and Antofagasta. NII currently offers push-to-talk services in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Peru, and enjoys low churn rates along with high ARPU from its predominately corporate subscribers.