Telefonica and Ericsson Connect the Peruvian Amazon with 4G/LTE

Telefonica Peru and Ericsson are jointly implementing a project to provide internet access via 4G LTE to governmental entities, such as schools and healthcare centers, in the Peruvian Amazon during 2015.

This is the first project in Latin America to use 4G technology as fixed wireless internet access in remote rural areas with difficult geography, such as that of the Amazonian jungle. With over 500,000 square kilometers, the Peruvian Amazon has some of the greatest biodiversity and largest amount of old-growth forest in the world.

Research carried out by Ericsson and analyst firm Arthur D. Little has concluded that for every 10 percentage point increase in broadband, the GDP of a nation increases by 1 percent, Providing internet access will not only help with reducing the digital gap and fostering economic growth, but also provide people in these isolated areas everything the online world can offer in terms of education, job creation and a better quality of life.

Cesar Linares, General Manager, Telefónica Peru, says:

“This kind of project is crucial for the development of the country, since it connects rural areas not only with the rest of Peru, but also with the whole world. Connectivity brings innumerable benefits that translate into socio-economic development, especially in remote and inaccessible areas.”

Eduardo Ricotta, Vice President, Ericsson Latin America, says:

“This effort marks another landmark in the alliance both companies share in social impact projects and, at the same time, further consolidates the leadership of Ericsson in networks in the region, connecting extremely rural areas with the latest in 4G mobile broadband technology.”

Rwanda to Commercially Launch 4GLTE in August 2014

Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s ICT minister, has announced that a nationwide 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will be commercially deployed in August 2014. The network is currently in its trial phase.

In March 2013 the Rwanda Development Board enlisted South Korea’s KT Corp to establish a public-private joint venture company, Olleh Rwanda Networks Limited, in order to develop, construct and operate a nationwide 4G LTE network, as well as providing wholesale LTE infrastructure services to customer-facing cellcos and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). KT will control the management of the firm, while the Rwandan government will provide financial and administrative support. The would-be wholesale LTE provider is set to cover 95% of the population with LTE by 2017.

Warid Needs To Amend License to Offer 4G – PTA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that it has received a letter from Warid Telecom explaining their desire to launch 4G/ LTE services on their existing cellular mobile license issued to them in 2004. A Spokesperson of PTA has said that PTA is reviewing the request of Warid on the basis of relevant license clauses, and current regulatory framework.  

The Spokesperson further said that the existing license of Warid is technology-neutral but it does not provide any Quality of Service (QoS) parameters and service Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) for the 4G / LTE services. Hence, Warid will have to comply with the QoS parameters and KPIs laid down by PTA for the 4G / LTE services. Offer of 4G/LTE services by Warid will have to go through a process as per their license as well as requirements of assuring proper coverage, quality of service, enhanced monitoring requirements etc. This may also require changes to Warid’s existing Cellular Mobile Telephony Services License.

For this Warid will have to send in a proper request and provide their detailed information and technical plan. The Spokesperson further said that Warid should provide details about how much spectrum would be carved out from the 8.8 MHz in 1800 band for the LTE services and its impact on the existing GSM/GPRS/EDGE customers. Specific information about the version of LTE to be deployed shall also be provided to PTA as all the releases of LTE do not satisfy the requirements of the IMT–Advanced (4G) Standards.

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