Pablo De la Roca, a representative of Chinese wireless licensee Xinwei Nicaragua, has confirmed to the Nicaraguan media that the company has taken delivery of USD100 million worth of core network equipment, servers, service delivery platforms, base transceiver stations (BTS) and other equipment, ahead of its long-awaited network rollout. According to TeleSemana, the company has drastically scaled down its promised year one investment from USD700 million to USD300 million. Xinwei reportedly hopes to extend coverage to 240,000 people within its first year of operation.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Xinwei was awarded a mobile licence utilising the 1785MHz-1805MHz spectrum band in November 2012, after beating off competition from a number of unspecified companies from China, South Korea and Taiwan. Although the government hopes that Xinwei’s introduction will help to break up the long-held Claro/Movistar duopoly, doubts over its operational strategy remain. The Chinese firm, which made a name for itself through its patented multi-carrier wireless in the local loop (McWiLL) systems, reportedly plans to roll out a nationwide network based on Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) technology, as popularised by China Mobile.