Ecuadorian state-run incumbent Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) has announced the official launch of a WiMAX wireless broadband network in the city of Loja in the south of the country. Corporate clients already have access to CNT’s WiMAX facilities, through which it offers IP telephony, internet access and data services. Now CNT is expanding its services in the city and the surrounding Loja province to benefit over 70 rural and suburban communities. Symmetrical and asymmetrical connections are supported by the network, at speeds of between 64kbps and 6Mbps. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database says that CNT’s first live WiMAX deployment was in the capital Quito where it rolled out a 3.5GHz network in the Cumbaya district in May 2008; another WiMAX rollout contract was announced in Guayaquil in August 2008. In January 2009 the operator said it expects to invest USD450 million to implement WiMAX-based high speed internet and fixed voice services.