Nextel Argentina iDEN network shut down, parent confirms

14 Aug 2019

The legacy Nextel Argentina iDEN network was deactivated on 30 June 2019, parent company Telecom Argentina has confirmed. The telco stated: ‘All the services that were identified under the brand Nextel (including the radio service over the iDEN network) ceased to be active. For this reason, Telecom through its corporate services brand FiberCorp, presented ‘Smart Radio’, a new option for customers and their businesses so they may continue communicating. Smart Radio is a new service for direct and immediate voice connections with multimedia messaging for companies and governments, which offers the best benefits of the Personal 3G/4G network.’ According to the Buenos Aires-based telco, the network was still serving 182,000 subscribers as of 30 June, albeit down from a peak of 2.023 million in December 2013.

The iDEN statement was included in Telecom Argentina’s 1H19 financial report. The telco generated consolidated revenues of ARS94.8 billion (USD1.7 billion) in the first half of 2019, while OIBDA for the first six months of the year amounted to ARS31.8 billion. Net income, meanwhile, amounted to ARS6.7 billion in 1H19.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Nextel Communications Argentina was absorbed by its sister company Cablevision on 1 October 2017 and ‘dissolved without liquidation’. All assets and obligations passed to Cablevision, which itself became part of Telecom Argentina on 1 January 2018.