April 18, 2007

2007 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference

Online registration for the 2007 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference, 15-16 May in Cancún, Mexico, is now open at http://www.cdg.org/news/events/CDMASeminar/07_LatinAm/registration.asp.

Join the region’s leading wireless operators, equipment vendors, content and application providers, government officials, media and analysts to discuss and learn about the benefits of CDMA2000® and CDMA450 technologies for the Latin American and Caribbean wireless market.

The conference, organized by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) in association with the International 450 Association (IA 450), is endorsed by Mexican operators Iusacell and Telmex and supported by leading vendors including Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel, QUALCOMM and ZTE.

Confirmed keynotes and presenters to-date include a senior commissioner from COFETEL (Mexico); Juan Fernandez, Principal Analyst, Gartner Dataquest Research; Gustavo Guzman, CEO, Iusacell; Ivan Ciganer, Director, New Data Services, Movistar Peru; Jose Otero, President, Signals Consulting; Victor Galvis, Global Development, Sprint Nextel (USA); Marco Antonio Galvan, Telmex; and Ruddy Valdivia, CEO, Valtron (Peru).

More information on the conference can be found at http://www.cdg.org/news/events/CDMASeminar/07_LatinAm/index.asp. Registration is FREE for qualified operators, regulators, media and analysts.

Sponsorship and speaking opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Ms. Ellen Kosson of the CDG at ekosson@cdg.org.

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Digicel acquires a GSM in Suriname

From TeleGeography:

"Pan-Caribbean cellco Digicel has announced that it has been awarded a licence to operate a GSM network in Suriname, extending Digicel's mobile network to 23 markets. The new licence comes as a result of the liberalisation process of the telecoms market in Suriname, which started four years ago with the drafting of the New Telecommunication Provisions Act. This Act came into effect yesterday (16 April 2007). With a population of close to 500,000 Suriname's mobile penetration is estimated at just over 40%.

‘Digicel will commence a rapid rollout of its service and give the people of Suriname the opportunity of choosing a service provider that will offer superior customer care, better value for money and wider coverage. Digicel is delighted to be entering Suriname and the tremendous opportunity this allows us to deliver a superior alternative,’ said Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves. The move follows Digicel's recent launches in two of Suriname's neighbours, French Guiana (June 2006) and Guyana (February 2007)."

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April 17, 2007

Caribbean Island of Aruba Upgraded to EVDO

PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent today announced it has completed the deployment of an enhanced third-generation (3G) network based on CDMA2000® 1X and 1xEV-DO technology covering the entire Caribbean island of Aruba.

The new network will enable SETAR N.V., the leading wireless telecommunications operator in Aruba, to expand its wireless service to offer local customers and tourists high-quality, mobile voice and high-speed broadband data services such as video streaming, access to corporate e-mail and intranets, and many other new applications at speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second, as well as CDMA roaming capabilities to tourists.

"SETAR’s investment in CDMA will strengthen Aruba's position in the tourism industry, allowing tourists to stay connected while visiting Aruba," said Roland Croes, Managing Director, SETAR N.V. "This modern telecommunications infrastructure will make Aruba an even more attractive destination for cruise ships, hotels and timeshare guests, and we will be able to introduce new innovative services with the deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology."

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent provided SETAR N.V. with its CDMA Modular Cell 4.0 base stations, as well as comprehensive maintenance services, including network engineering and deployment.

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