Portuguese CDMA-450-based wireless broadband operator Zapp has announced that it has signed a contract with China’s ZTE Corporation to roll out a national WiMAX network. The contract, which is worth EUR30 million (USD41.9 million), will enable the launch of WiMAX broadband services in Lisbon, Porto and other selected cities across Portugal by July 2011. The deal will also see ZTE upgrade Zapp’s current CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Rev A network to the Rev B standard, which will allow higher transmission rates and reduced interference across its network. The contract reportedly forms part of a broader partnership agreement, signed in the presence of Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates and his opposite number, President Hu Jintao of China, during the latter’s official state visit to Portugal. The meeting saw the two men agree to establish closer economic ties, trade links and technology partnerships between their respective nations.
Zapp.pt (Zapp, registered as Radiomovel Telecomunicacoes) operates a CDMA wireless internet network and advertises mobile coverage, claiming to offer broadband services in the remotest locations of Portugal, courtesy of the wide coverage enabled by its 450MHz technology. Zapp.pt is part of the Saudi Oger Group, which has several other holdings in the telecoms sector worldwide, including Turk Telekom and Avea in Turkey, and Cell C in South Africa.