Orlando Castillo, the head of Nicaragua’s Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (Telcor), has told local newspaper La Prensa that the deployment schedule of would-be third mobile operator Xinwei Telecom has been delayed until late-July or early-August, after the provisional April start date fell by the wayside. No clear reason has been supplied for the delay.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Xinwei was awarded a mobile licence utilising the 1785MHz-1805MHz spectrum band in November 2012, after beating off competition from a number of unspecified companies from China, South Korea and Taiwan. Although the government hopes that Xinwei’s introduction will help to break up the long-held Claro/Movistar duopoly, doubts over its operational strategy remain. The Chinese firm reportedly plans to roll out a network based on multi-carrier wireless in the local loop (McWiLL) SCDMA. The little-known local access platform, which is trademarked by Xinwei, has reportedly been deployed in numerous markets worldwide, most recently Cambodia, in May 2012.