Alca-Lu going loco in Acapulco; Mexican govt enlists vendor for 700MHz trial

27 Jan 2015

In association with Mexican regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel), Alcatel-Lucent has conducted a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trial in the city of Acapulco using the ‘APT700’ 700MHz band. The internationally standardised APT700 band encompasses frequencies in the 698MHz-806MHz spectrum range.

As part of the trial, deputy communications minister Jose Ignacio Peralta took part in an event in the Acapulco Bay, where he achieved downlink transmission speeds of 120Mbps using a mobile device. TeleGeography notes that the planned 700MHz wholesale network will be known as ‘Red Compartida’ and eventually opened up to existing service providers and new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).