03/20/2013


3G UMTS

 

HSDPA+

 

In Feb/13, 50 networks operating commercialy in 26 countries inside Latin America:

    Networks Countries
    Digecel  French Antilles
    Claro  Argentina
    Telecom Personal  Argentina
    LIME/C&W  Bahamas
    LIME/C&W  Barbados
    Digicel  Barbados
    CelularOne  Bermuda
    Digicel  Bermuda
    Entel Movil  Bolivia
    Movil de Entel  Bolivia
    Claro  Brazil
    Algar  Brazil
    Vivo  Brazil
    Entel Movil * Chile
    Movistar * Chile
    Claro  Chile
    Comcel  Colombia
    Tigo  Colombia
    Movistar  Colombia
    Claro  El Salvador
    Claro  Ecuador
    Movistar  Ecuador
    Indies - Digicel  French West
    Tigo  Guatemala
    Claro  Guatemala
    Movistar Guatemala
    Claro  Honduras
    C&W/LIME  Cayman Islands
    C&W  Ilhas Virgens Britânicas - Caribe
    LIME/C&W  Jamaica
    Digicel  Jamaica
    Iusacell  Mexico
    Telcel  Mexico
    Movistar  Mexico
    Nextel Mexico
    Claro  Nicaragua
    Claro  Panama
    Cable & Wireless  Panama
    Digicel  Panama
    Claro  Paraguay
    Telecom Personal * Paraguay
    COPACO/VOX Paraguay
    Claro  Peru
    Movistar  Peru
    AT&T  Puerto Rico
    T-Mobile  Puerto Rico
    Claro  Puerto Rico
    Claro  Dominican Rep.
    Digicel  Trinidad & Tobago
    Claro  Uruguay

 

 

*Offer connectivity HSPA+ dual carrier in the theorical transference rate of downlink in 42 Mbps (peak).

Source: 4G Americas

 

WCDMA/HSPA

 

A Entel (Chile) was the first to start to operate a commercial 3G net (WCDMA/HSDPA) in Latin America (December/06).

 

In Oct/10 there were 52 3G nets (WCDMA/HSDPA) in commercial operation in 22 Latin America/Caribbean countries:

  • América Móvil (Claro) in 18 countries (Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Porto Rico and Jamaica).

  • Telefonica/Movistar in 11 countries (Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and Guatemala) and Vivo (Brazil).

  • Tigo (Millicom) in 6 countries (Bolivia, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay and El Salvador)

 

 

The following table presents operators with 3G nets (WCDMA/HSDPA) in comercial operation in Latin America.

 

 

Country Operators
Operation start
HSDPA Index of Peak (Mbit/s)
Coverage
Argentina Telecom Personal
May/07
1.8
Buenos Aires,
Cordoba, Rosario,
Mar del Plata,
Pinamar, Cariló,
Villa Gesell
and San Bernardo.
Movistar
Jul/07
1.8
Buenos Aires
Claro Nov/07
1.8

Buenos Aires,

Rosario,

Córdoba,

Mar del Plata

and other cities in the cost.

Aruba Setar
Dec/07
7.2
-
Bolivia Tigo
Aug/08
3.6

Santa Cruz, La Paz and Cochambamba.

Brazil Vivo (Telemig)
Nov/07
1.8
Belo Horizonte
Vivo Sep/08
1.8
358 cities
Claro
Nov/07
3.6
298 cities
CTBC
Apr/08
1.0
16 cities
Tim
Apr/08
7.2
39 cities
Brasil Telecom
Apr/08
3.6
49 cities
Oi
May/08
1.8
51 cities
Sercomtel Dec/08
7.2
-
Chile Entel PCS
Dec/06
3.6
Santiago
Claro
2007
1.8
Santiago and in the 5th region.
Movistar
2007
1.8
National
Colombia Comcel
Feb/08
1.8
-
Tigo Nov/08
7.2
14 cities
Movistar
Dec/08
1.8
-
Costa Rica
ICE
2009
3.6
-
Claro
Jan/08
1.8
-
Tigo
Sep/08
1.8
-
Ecuador
Claro
Jan/09
1.2
-
Movistar
Jul/09
3.6
-
Guatemala Tigo
Sep/08
3.6
-
Claro Mar/08
1.8
53 cities
Movistar
Aug/09
1.8
French Guiana
Orange
2009
3.6
-
Claro
Febr/08
3.6
-
Tigo
Sep/08
1.8
-
Jamaica
Claro
Dec/08
3.6
-
LIME
Jun/09
3.6
-
Mexico Movistar
Apr/07
14.4
Monterrey
Telcel
Feb/08
1.8
15 cities
Nicaragua Claro
2008
1.8
-
Panama Movistar
Dec/08
1.8
-
Claro
Mar/09
1.8
-
Paraguay Claro
Nov/07
1.8

Asunción,

Ciudad del Este and Encarnación.

Núcleo (Personal)
Nov/08
3.6
-
Tigo
Sep/08
3.6
-
Peru Claro
Jul/07
3.6
 
Movistar
May/09 3.6  
Nextel
Dec/09 1.8  
Puerto Rico Claro
Dec/06
1.8
-
AT+T
Nov/06
1.8
-
Claro
Sep/08
3.6
-
Orange
Feb/10
7.2
-
Uruguay Ancel
Jul/07
3.6
-
Movistar
Jul/07
3.6
Montevideo
Claro
Nov/07
1.8
Montevideo
Venezuela Movistar Dec/08 7.2 -
Digitel Mar/09
3.6
-

Source: GSA and Teleco

 

*In the beginning of July, Telcel announced the expansion of its coverage for many other cities, however, the names of those cities weren't released yet.

 

 

3G EVDO

 

According the CDMA Development Group (CDG) there were 5.92 million cellphones EV-DO in Latin America/Caribbean in 2008. The main operations are:

 

Brazil Vivo and Embratel (WLL)
Equador Alegro PCS
Venezuela Movilnet and Movistar
Mexico Iusacell
Guatemala Telgua and Movistar

 

 

3G auction in Mexico

In August 13th, Federal Telecommunications Commission - Cofetel, Mexican telecoms regulator, concluded the auction for the 3G band (1710-1770/2110-2170 MHz). The winners were: América Movil, Telefônica and Nextel. Together, these companies will pay about US$ 414 million.

 

The process benefited mainly Nextel, which purchased the national license for a cheaper price if compared with the value paid for its competitors (US$ 14 million, while América Móvil paid US$ 300 million and Telefônica US$ 100 million). It happened because the company competed alone for this piece of the band 1,8/2,1Ghz.

 

By that, Nextel puts itself in a good position to amplify its investments in Latin America.

 

 

 

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