[Bogota, Colombia, 11 November, 2011]: Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced today that it will deploy its first LTE (Long Term Evolution) commercial network in South America for UNE Colombia.
UNE is the largest fixed broadband operator in Colombia. To keep its industry’s leadership in broadband, UNE has decided to provide Mobile Broadband (MBB) based services enabled by a best of breed LTE network. As such, UNE selected Huawei as its preferred technology partner and Huawei’s end to end future oriented SingleRAN LTE solution, evolved packet core network solution and LTE terminals.
Throughout this first stage of project, UNE will deploy the network in Bogota and Medellin using Huawei’s LTE leading edge solution. Also the entire core network will be geared with Huawei equipments. Furthermore as for now, Huawei will provide terminal devices for UNE, including the world’s first LTE five-mode USB dongle –E392 and other models.
“We are pleased to partner with Huawei for the deployment of Colombia’s first commercial LTE network for the first stage” said Juan Ignacio Palacio, VP international business, UNE. “UNE is committed to providing its customers the best and fastest possible Mobile Broadband Internet experience. We believe that Huawei’s cutting-edge SingleRAN LTE solution will enable us to rapidly achieve our objective of building one of the largest and best next-generation mobile networks in Colombia.”
Ying Weimin, President of GSM&UMTS<E Network, Huawei, said:” We are pleased that UNE Colombia has chosen Huawei as its partner of choice for its LTE commercial network deployment. This underscores Huawei’s top position in the LTE field and highlights its leading advantages in the MBB solutions delivery. The cooperation between UNE and Huawei will accelerate the LTE commercialization progress in South and Latin America’s MBB market.”
According to the latest GSA’s (the Global Mobile Supplier Association) LTE Evolution Report released on October 12, 2011, there are 35 commercial LTE networks globally – 18 of them are using Huawei’s end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution. Huawei ranks No.1 worldwide with over 50% market share.