Amrica Mvil, S.A. de C.V. (Amrica Mvil) has chosen Nokia as the main infrastructure supplier for its new EDGE networks in Colombia and Ecuador. Operated by Amrica Mvil's subsidiaries Comunicacin Celular, S.A. (Comcel), and Occidente y Caribe Celular, S.A. (Occel) in Columbia, and Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones, S.A. (Conecel) in Ecuador, the deployment of the two nationwide networks will start immediately.
The deal will allow Amrica Mvil to introduce GSM voice and GPRS/EDGE 3G data services to Colombia and Ecuador. The network will be EDGE capable from day one.
Under the terms of the contract, Nokia will supply its high-capacity, end-to-end GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution for 800 MHz mobile service, including both core network, radio access and related services. Included in the contract are Nokia UltraSite GSM/EDGE base stations, as well as the Nokia circuit-switched core network, Nokia GPRS (general packet radio service) packet-core network, and the Nokia NetAct operations support systems (OSS) solution.
The Nokia GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution chosen by Amrica Mvil offers a fast and smooth migration path from legacy TDMA systems, helping Amrica Mvil to extend the benefits of GSM, the world's most popular mobile technology, to all its customers. As a part of a truly global standard, the GSM path brings the incomparable benefits of global roaming and economies of scale.
Nokia currently offers several GSM/GPRS 800/1900 MHz dual-band phones and recently announced the industry's first triple-band 800/900/1900 EDGE terminal, the Nokia 6200. The prompt availability of 800 MHz phones in several price and performance categories leverages the power of the GSM standard in both economies of scale and in peak data speeds for 3G services.
"We at Nokia are delighted that America Mvil has demonstrated so strongly its commitment to the global standard of GSM and its trust in Nokia. We are excited to deliver our EDGE technology to Amrica Mvil," said Dr. J.T. Bergqvist, Executive Vice President, Nokia Networks. "America Mvil, through its subsidiaries, is a major power in the Latin American operator market and we are very proud to become one of their strategic network vendor partners."