The Dominican Republic subsidiary of America Movil’s Claro wireless unit has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment. The first phase of the new network is already operational, with coverage in major cities, and 4G services will eventually be made available to around 80% of the population. The deployment includes Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Radio Access Network, 9471 Wireless Mobility Manager and 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). Claro marketing director Omar Acosta commented: ‘With the deployment of our new 4G LTE network, we are definitely ready to make an evolution in the services we offer our customers. Dominicans can now enjoy multiple benefits of the highest mobile broadband speed, in the largest and strongest network of our country.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, rival firm Orange Dominicana launched its first 4G services back in July 2012, while smaller player Tricom introduced LTE technology in March the following year.