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Nokia to build and manage LTE network in Mexico

As well as aimed at businesses, it will also serve as a platform for government communications and public services

Guadalajara is one of the regions that will benefit from the new network
Guadalajara is one of the regions that will benefit from the new network

Nokia has been selected by ALTÁN Redes to design, build and operate a new nationwide LTE and 5G-ready wholesale network in Mexico. It is Nokia’s largest-ever contract win by scale in Latin America.


The project, Red Compartida, is part of the Shared Network programme, a public-private international partnership led by the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the Office for the Promotion of Investments in Telecommunications (PROMTEL) in coordination with the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).


It aims to reduce the digital divide and strengthen the country’s productivity and competitiveness in digital services by providing nationwide wireless broadband to 92 per cent of the population in Mexico.


The project will generate a total investment of more than USD $7 billion over nine years, financed by international and local investors ranging from financial institutions and development institutions to industrial partners in Mexico.


ALTÁN Redes is a new wholesale carrier supported by international investors and several Mexican shareholders. The international consortium won the tender process to build and operate the Shared Network, which will serve as a new platform for the deployment of mobile and Internet services for existing mobile network operators (MNOs), as well as existing and new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).

Companies from all segments in Mexico, not only the telecom services providers, will benefit from a wide range of connectivity services and IoT applications ‘Over the Network’, as it will also serve as a platform for government communications and services such as public safety, VoLTE and next generation IoT vertical and industrial applications in financial services, health, energy and transport.

"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,” said Joaquin Coronado, managing director of ALTÁN Redes.


The contract with Nokia includes provision of the heart of the network: 100 per cent of the fully virtualised core network and 40 per cent of RAN, IP backhaul, OSS and NOC. 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 optimisation, master system integration (core), operation and maintenance and managed services.

The deployment, which will utilise the 700 MHz frequency band, will generate operational efficiencies as it requires fewer sites to reach a wider coverage. It is a greenfield project that is designed to have the application of state-of-the-art technologies.

Via the project, Mexico will join a growing number of countries deploying a 700 MHz APT network. It also marks Nokia’s first deployment of a 100 per cent virtualised core network in Latin America.


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