Ecuador'sNational Telecommunications Corporation (CNT) will commercially launch its 4G LTE mobile network in the last week of November. CNT will offer a 'MyFi' mobile Wi-Fi hotspot router, enabling users to wirelessly connect up to five devices (including smartphones, tablets and laptops) to its 4G network. CNT will sell LTE mobile internet packages with prices ranging between USD 35 and USD 50, for 2 to 5GB of traffic. Initial investments in the initial phase of CNT's LTE network deployment and launch are expected to reach USD 36 million. As part of the project, CNT will deploy around 400 LTE base stations across the country by mid-2014, El Comercio reports, citing CNT CEO Cesar Regalado.
The offer will initially be available in the Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca areas. CNT will gradually extend its 4G LTE coverage into rural areas of Ecuador previously unserved or underserved with high-speed broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei have been selected as equipment providers for the deployment of CNT's 4G LTE mobile broadband network. The new network will provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps for download and 40 Mbps for upload. CNT is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's 4G LTE base stations and the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM).