14 Dec 2009
BNamericas reports that Peruvian digital trunking specialist Nextel will launch mobile broadband services over its own 3G network tomorrow, citing local newspaper reports quoting company president Miguel Rivera. The executive said that Nextel Peru has invested USD125 million to deploy the 3G network.
Nextel won 3G spectrum in the 1900MHz band in 2007 and spent much of 2009 trialling the technology before launching an operational centre for 3G services in San Borja in October. Rivera previously said the operator planned to offer 3G services across its entire area of operations, but has since clarified this by saying that it will offer mobile telephony services in just three districts during the first months of 2010, with plans to expand coverage to 100 new districts during the rest of the year. Nextel will offer the service over a network deployed by Chinese company Huawei. The monthly cost of the post-paid service will be PEN99,219 soles (USD34.76).