VelaTel says Balkans project on track

31 Jul 2012

US-based VelaTel Global Communications (formerly ChinaTel) has announced that the equipment purchased to deploy and expand wireless broadband networks of its Balkan subsidiaries has arrived in Croatia and Montenegro on schedule. In May 2012 VelaTel finalised an order for USD7 million of infrastructure equipment and software from Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE Corporation. The equipment includes 50 base transceiver stations (BTS) for installation in Croatia (via its Novi-Net subsidiary), 25 BTS for installation by its Montenegrin unit Montenegro Connect, and associated core network equipment for installation in the network operations centres to be established in each country. ZTE completed the manufacture of the equipment last month for shipment by sea, and VelaTel and its local subsidiaries have been preparing for its delivery ahead of installation. ‘The experience and contacts of our local partners at Novi-Net, which already operates a network consisting of eleven base stations in one region of Croatia, has proven invaluable in putting in place all the manpower needed for a successful deployment,’ commented VelaTel’s chief operating officer, Mario Alvarez, adding: ‘We are on target for a projected soft launch of the networks in both Croatia and Montenegro during December 2012.’