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Telefónica picks Comtech for Latam mobile backhaul boost

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Telefónica has selected Comtech Telecommunications’ heights networking platform to upgrade its Vivo Brazil and Telefónica Argentina mobile infrastructure networks in support of 2G, 3G and LTE backhaul.

Both Brazil and Argentina are experiencing high growth in terms of mobile traffic and subscribers as customers transition from 2G to 3G and LTE to experience mobile internet.

This multi-year upgrade programme will help Telefónica to address this. Comtech’s Heights Networking Platform enables Telefónica to reach its customers with voice and high-speed data services while meeting the high key performance indicators required by the regulators.

Regulators in both countries realise the value of connecting the unconnected to bridge the digital divide and have established challenging performance requirements for mobile network operators (MNOs) to reach new markets with high quality solutions.

“The decision to select Comtech EF Data was mainly based on the combination of its H-DNA technology, the security and management tools of the Heights Networking Platform, and the proven track record of Comtech EF Data’s products and services,” said Gustavo Arditti, director of the satellite business unit for Telefonica International Wholesale Services.

Richard Swardh, senior vice president, mobile network operators for Comtech EF Data, added: “The successful Telefónica projects demonstrate a great example of the power of our Heights Networking Platform and its best-in-class performance enabling superior quality of experience for the end user along with the lowest total cost of ownership.”

Earlier this year, Claro Argentina selected Comtech Telecommunications's Heights Networking Platform to connect rural communities throughout Argentina with high-speed 2G/3G and LTE backhaul.

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