Yota Starts Nicaragua Deployment

Yota begins WiMax network deployment in Nicaragua

November 11, 2009

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MOSCOW -- Yota Company which provides fast wireless Internet access services based upon the Mobile WiMAX (4G) technology has begun deploying its network in Nicaragua.

The broadband Internet access penetration in Nicaragua is less than 1% which is one of the worst figures throughout the Latin American region. The extreme monopolization and weak competition in the market lead to poor service quality and high tariffs and eventually hinder the development of the communications market in the country. Considering the obvious interdependence between the penetration of communications services and the economic development of the country, the government of Nicaragua has ruled to bring the new player to the market: the player with solid experience in the development of the new generation communication networks.

In July 2009, the public tender for 2.5-2.7 GHz spectrum was announced in order to provide the whole territory of Nicaragua with communications services based upon the IEEE 802.16e (Mobile WiMAX) standard. The bidders had to meet the following criteria: experience in development of networks of the aforesaid standard; demonstrated subscriber base; availability of end-user devices; and also the willingness to invest a certain amount of funds into the country. Yota, one of the world leaders in Mobile WiMAX networks development, became the winner of the tender.

The new entity, Yota de Nicaragua, co-owned by WiMAX Holding (75%) and a local Nicaraguan company (25%), will build the network and manage the wireless services. During the start-up period, the management team from the Russian Yota has filled key posts in Yota de Nicaragua.


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