Almost three years after receiving a Nicaraguan mobile licence comprising 1785MHz-1805MHz spectrum, Chinese-backed Xinwei Intelcom has declared that it will belatedly launch its network this November. Speaking to local news site Diario Metro, general manager Pablo de la Roca said that interconnection agreements have now been signed with incumbents Claro and Movistar, allowing the start-up to gear up for commercial launch. The executive added that Xinwei will seek to gain market share by charging up to 50% less than rivals for its call packages. In addition, de la Roca confirmed that Xinwei has installed a total of 303 ‘coverage points’ in capital city Managua, a figure which is anticipated to double in the coming months.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Chinese parent company, 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. Progress has been slow however, and a series of provisional launch dates have been jettisoned since the original 22 November 2012 licence award was confirmed.