There’s currently a digital divide in Mexico, with parts of the country experiencing much better connectivity than others. To solve this issue, the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the Office for the Promotion of Investments in Telecommunications (PROMTEL), together with the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), created The Shared Network, which is known as Red Compartida in Mexico. The Shared Network is a public-private partnership that’s meant to bring better connectivity to all of Mexico, and Nokia (News - Alert) has recently joined its ranks.
The Shared Network’s goal is to provide wireless broadband nationwide to 92 percent of the population in Mexico, which would greatly reduce the digital divide and increase the country’s productivity and overall competitiveness in digital services. For Nokia’s part, it has been selected by ALTÁN Redes to design, build and operate a new nationwide LTE (News - Alert) and 5G-ready wholesale network. The company will provision 100 percent of the fully virtualized core network and 40 percent of RAN, IP backhaul, OSS and NOC (News - Alert).
According to the announcement, “This will be deployed in five regions of Mexico out of a total of nine, including Guadalajara and Monterrey, the country'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 optimization, master system integration (core), operation and maintenance and managed services.”
In total, Nokia will be providing the following products and services: a virtualized core network; master system integration (core) and lab management solutions; VoLTE and EPC (Air Frame); RAN: 4.5G Pro radio access based on AirScale; ION: IP and optical backhaul; DWDM 100G and IP Routing for aggregation; microwave transmission; sites acquisition, construction and deployment; network integration; public safety broadband features; NPO: network planning and optimization; operation and maintenance, managed services.
As an added bonus, the deployment will use the 700MHz frequency band and will require fewer sites to reach a wider coverage. This will make operations much more efficient, and will make Mexico one of the growing number of countries that are deploying a 700 MHz APT (News - Alert) network.
Joaquin Coronado, Managing Director of ALTÁN REDES, is excited to have Nokia on board, saying, “It has been a very demanding selection process, since the Shared Network is, up to now, the most ambitious telecommunications project worldwide. The quality of technology, experience, deployment capacity and financial strength are aspects that we have taken very much into account. With Nokia as one of our technology partners, I'm sure the Shared Network will have a service of unmatched quality and scope. We trust Mexico will have soon the best mobile broadband network of the world with 4G-LTE technology.”
Edited by Maurice Nagle