ZTE onboard 4G development in Venezuela

12 Jan 2015

Chinese telecoms technology provider ZTE has signed an agreement with the government of Venezuela during a state visit to China by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, enabling ZTE to participate in the development of 4G LTE mobile broadband-based services in Venezuela, Telecompaper reports. The current sole LTE network operator in Venezuela, Digitel, will soon be joined by 4G competitors following the award of frequencies in the 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) and 2600MHz bands to state-owned CANTV’s cellular division Movilnet alongside Telefonica-backed mobile rival Movistar and pay-TV provider DirecTV last month. The 4G partnership signing was accompanied by a new agreement on manufacturing ZTE mobile handsets within Venezuela. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Movilnet already operates a domestic joint venture with ZTE designing and producing handsets, which has seen millions of devices manufactured since hitting the market in 2009, effectively giving the state-backed operator an advantage over operators relying solely on the volume-restricted import of foreign-manufactured handsets.

Venezuela, Movilnet, ZTE