ALTAN names Huawei as second 700MHz vendor partner; Chinese firm joins Nokia for rollout

3 Apr 2017

Mexican consortium ALTAN Redes has confirmed that Chinese vendor Huawei will join fellow technology supplier Nokia in the deployment of ‘Red Compartida’, the new nationwide LTE and 5G-ready wholesale network in Mexico. Nokia will take charge of the rollout in five service regions: Baja California (Region 1), North West (Region 2), North (Region 3), North East (Region 4) and West (Region 5), while Huawei has been awarded the contract covering the remaining four regions: Central (Region 6), Gulf and South (Region 7), South East (Region 8) and Mexico City/Metropolitan (Region 9). Further, Huawei will provide the network backbone, while Nokia will roll out the network core.

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.