Telmex seeks 450MHz spectrum

9 Aug 2007

Telmex Argentina has asked regulatory body SeCom for spectrum in the 450MHz band so it can begin providing fixed wireless services using CDMA450 technology in 25 towns, reports BNamericas citing local newspaper El Cronista. CDMA450-based services are currently available in two towns: El Calafate in Santa Cruz, where provincial cooperative CoTeCal deployed a commercial network in October of last year, and Villa Gesell in the Buenos Aires province, where cooperative Cotel operates the network. The technology is gradually growing in popularity in South America: in January, Telmex opted to roll out CDMA450 in certain rural areas in Mexico rather than WiMAX, and in May Bolivia’s military said it was deploying a CDMA450 fixed wireless network for use in national security issues and for providing rural telephony to isolated regions.