Mexican consortium ALTAN Redes has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to design, build and operate ‘Red Compartida’, the new nationwide LTE and 5G-ready wholesale network in Mexico. The contract includes the provision of the heart of the network: 100% of the fully virtualised core network and 40% of RAN, IP backhaul, operations support system (OSS) and network operations centre (NOC). This will be deployed in five regions, including those that are home to Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico’s second and third largest cities. The project also includes a full range of services that will allow Nokia to deliver a turnkey project: site acquisition, construction, deployment, network integration, network planning and optimisation, master system integration (core), operation and maintenance and managed services. Nokia claims that the agreement represents its largest-ever contract win by scale in Latin America.
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in November 2016 the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes, SCT), selected Altan – a consortium including Axtel, Megacable, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Dutch and Chinese investors – as the winner of the wholesale network tender. Altan was left as the only eligible bidder after its sole competitor, New York-based Rivada Networks, was disqualified earlier this month for failing to meet the necessary financial obligations to compete.
The wholesale network – which has exclusive access to a 90MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band – is scheduled to be operational by 31 March 2018, by which date it must cover at least 30% of the country’s population.