Nextel launches 3G network in León, Pachuca

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mexican digital trunking operator Nextel, a unit of NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD), has launched 3G services over a new network based on a license it received for the 1.7 GHz band in October 2010, Nextel said in a statement.

A mobile broadband service based on the new network is now available in the cities of León, in Guanajuato state, and Pachuca, in Hidalgo state.

As well as mobile broadband, Nextel will offer expanded coverage of push-to-talk voice over its new network.

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The service launch is part of a 19bn-peso (US$1.5bn) network build-out projected for the next five years. In February, Nextel signed agreements with Huawei for the provision of end-to-end W-CDMA solutions for the network.

Nextel Mexico corporate VP Gustavo Cantú previously said the company plans to provide 3G services in four cities by year-end. By 2012, the executive said, the company expects the service to enter 20-25 cities in Mexico.

Nextel Mexico ended Q2 with 3.5mn subscribers.