Xinwei could be ready to test Nicaraguan network by October

18 Jun 2014

Chinese telco Xinwei, which is owned by enigmatic businessman Wang Jing, has announced that it hopes to trial its long-awaited wireless network in Nicaragua in October, following the arrival of an additional USD5 million consignment of network equipment, including installation accessories and backup systems. Previously, in February this year the company took delivery of USD100 million worth of core network equipment. Xinwei reportedly hopes to extend coverage to 240,000 people within its first year of operation, rising to around three million within two years.

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, which made a name for itself through its patented multi-carrier wireless in the local loop (McWiLL) systems, reportedly plans to roll out a nationwide network based on Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) technology, as popularised by China Mobile.