Alcatel-Lucent brings WiMAX to Chile

Telmex, Mexico’s leading telecommunications operator, has awarded Alcatel-Lucent a contract to deploy Latin America’s first commercial universal WiMAX network in Chile.

This new network, scheduled to be operational in the second half of 2007, will provide full wireless broadband coverage for Telmex’ corporate and residential customers in 24 major cities in Chile.

The Telmex Chile WiMAX network will comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard for fixed, nomadic and mobile usage and will be deployed in the 3.5GHz frequency band using Alcatel-Lucent’s 9100 WiMAX end-to-end solution.

This contract follows Alcatel-Lucent's series of WiMAX announcements made at 3GSM World Congress, including a commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 contract in the Caribbean.

Alcatel-Lucent is among the world’s leading WiMAX vendors, with more than 40 operators world wide deploying its WiMAX equipment.