Nuevatel and Alcatel-Lucent launch commercial WiMAX Rev-e network

23 May 2008

Nuevatel PCS, which offers wireless services in Bolivia under the Viva brand, and Alcatel-Lucent have announced the launch of a commercial WiMAX Rev-e network based on the WiMAX 802.16e-2005 standard. This new network will support voice over IP (VoIP), high speed internet access and other data services for Nuevatel customers. ‘This new WiMAX network will make it possible for us to offer our business and residential customers a wide range of easy-to-use wireless broadband services,’ said Freddy Maldonado Valcik, Nuevatel’s CEO. ‘Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX solution will enable us to better serve customers in such major urban centres as the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, which currently are under-served. Alcatel-Lucent’s unique expertise and ability to set up a wireless broadband network has enabled us to begin offering these new services to our customers quickly and efficiently.’ Nuevatel is a subsidiary of Trilogy International Partners, based in Bellevue, Washington, which also operates wireless telcos in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Nuevatel’s local shareholder is Bolivian regional fixed line provider, Cooperative Mixta de Telecomunicaciones Cochabamba.