Ecuadorian state-owned telco Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) has selected a second network technology partner for its ongoing rollout of the country’s first 4G LTE mobile broadband network, with the announcement from France-based Alcatel-Lucent that it is deploying its LTE base stations and Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM) system in the southern cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca, Machala and Loja, as well as other cities in Ecuador´s Pacific Coast and Southern area. In May this year CNT contracted Huawei Technologies as the initial main technology partner to deploy the 4G network, and the Chinese vendor is presumed to be rolling out LTE base stations and related infrastructure in all other regions of the country including the capital Quito. Alcatel-Lucent says its contract with CNT follows trials conducted earlier this year.
Alcatel-Lucent says the LTE network being deployed for CNT is designed to deliver download speeds of up to 100Mbps and peak upload speeds of 40Mbps, to enable the operator to offer enhanced mobile, fixed and convergent services. 4G LTE coverage is to be extended into rural areas of Ecuador previously unserved or underserved with high speed broadband.