Wind Telecom selects Nortel WiMAX for Dominican Republic

Set to run from this September, Wind Telecom's new wireless broadband network will offer high-speed broadband services to urban and rural customers across the Dominican Republic .

Wind Telecom is a new network operator in the Dominican Republic. Initially the Nortel WiMAX-based service will serve Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Bavaro/Punta Cana. Wind has signed a Letter of Agreement expressing its firm commitment to deploy wireless broadband based on Nortel WiMAX technology.

Wind Telecom ultimately intends to offer high-speed broadband services to urban and rural customers across the country. Set to run from this September in the launch cities of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Bavaro/Punta Cana, with other areas such as La Romana projected for the near future, full nationwide coverage will be reached incrementally over the next few years. The award of the contract is subject to the execution of a final, legally binding agreement.

Wind Telecom will use Nortel's MIMO-powered WiMAX innovations to deliver services such as VoIP, video-streaming and mobile broadband, all of which are expected to help bridge the Digital Divide in the Dominican Republic where broadband services have been limited. Subscribers will benefit from the wealth of information and economic advantages such as e-commerce that are accessible through the use of advanced technologies.

"Wind Telecom is striving to make affordable broadband services available to the mass market in the Dominican Republic, where the adoption of these services has been slow due to high prices, limited availability and insufficient competition. We will be a full service provider of voice, data, and video services," said Manuel Bonilla, CEO, Wind Telecom. "Nortel's WiMAX solution allows us to achieve the goal of affordable broadband for both business and individual consumers, without the complexities of building a wired network.

This makes it especially well suited to historical cities like Santo Domingo where the inner-city is dense with buildings, as well as for sub-urban and rural services.""Wind Telecom firmly believes in the future of the Dominican Republic. The investment environment favours competition and innovation, allowing a greenfield operator with leading-edge disruptive technology to enter the market and become a prime competitor," said Jose Clase, Chairman of Wind Telecom. "Our company has the unique opportunity of significantly contributing to the development of the Dominican Republic while at the same time creating a prosperous telecom business."

The network will be an end-to-end solution for Wind Telecom, including consumer devices, mobile WiMAX base stations, ASN gateway, business support system (BSS) and operational support system (OSS) platforms as well as professional services such as training. All proposed base stations will be operating in the 2.5GHz frequency band. As well as supplying the equipment, Nortel is to be responsible for the deployment, support and maintenance of Wind Telecom's entire network.

* Wind Telecom is headquartered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and it is fully funded by a group of Dominican and international investors. It owns 200 Mhz of spectrum in the 2.5 Ghz band. 

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