Entel and Ericsson complete successful test of APT700 band
Chilean operator Entel, supported by Ericsson, has completed a successful test of spectrum in the APT700 (Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 700MHz) band.
The trial was conducted by enabling 10 test sites on Entel’s live 4G LTE network in Rancagua city, with equipment using the APT700 frequency band.
“The APT700 band has the ability to provide excellent in-building coverage as well as wide-area coverage in suburban and rural areas,” said Antonio Büchi, CEO at Entel. “We expect, once we have the release by the government, to deploy our nationwide network.”
The operator will use APT700 spectrum to launch its nationwide 4G LTE network in 2015, which is designed to deliver high speeds, improved throughput and low latency to customers.
“This is the latest in a number of technology trials undertaken with Entel aimed at readying the operator’s network for the release of the APT700 digital dividend,” said Nicolas Brancoli, VP of Ericsson Latin America.
“Ericsson has led the development and championed widespread acceptance of the APT700 band, creating a global LTE ecosystem opportunity that benefits both consumers and operators.”
In June this year, Ericsson enabled Taiwan’s FarEasTone to launch 4G services in the APT700 band.