Chinese telco Xinwei has finally started rolling out its Nicaraguan mobile network – almost three years after receiving its telecoms concession from the government. According to local news site La Prensa, the Mateara municipality in Managua is one of the first areas to witness a deployment. A commercial launch date remains unclear, although Jose Adan Aguerri, president of private enterprise regulator Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (COSEP), has informed El Nuevo Diario that the network is likely to be switched on before year end.
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, serious 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.