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Brazil readying for 5G with LTE Advanced Pro deployment

SÃO PAULO–America Movil’s Claro launched LTE Advanced Pro in Brazil as a strategy to get fast speeds and meet customer demand for more data traffic. The carrier is tapping three-channel carrier aggregation using the frequency 2.5 GHz, 1.8 GHz and 700 MHz bands where it’s allowed; the spectrum was used for analog TV and has been released following an pre-defined agenda. Claro worked with suppliers Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia.

In a video interview with RCR Wireless News at the ongoing Futurecom conference and exhibition , Andre Sarcinelli, Claro’s director of engineering, explained the carrier’s strategy to evolve its networks toward 5G and increase coverage in Brazil.

“We had the plan last year to modernize the whole network, not only 4G, but the whole BSS system,” Sarcinelli said. “It’s a single RAN solution that you can, via software, configure 2G, 3G, 4G in several frequencies. We have implemented so far…9,000 sites. It’s a coverage extension that we’re now doing.”

In addition to carrier aggregation, Claro has also added 4×4 MIMO in parts of its network as well as 256 QAM. “Those three functionalities together, we are calling…4.5G. Data traffic in Brazil is rising a lot,” particularly around video-related application, he said.

Given the reliance on 2G, 3G and 4G networks, Sarcinelli said the carrier provides support for IoT and a number of varying levels of consumer and enterprise demands. The long-term plan is to continue the migration to more advanced networks, while retaining the 2G network for machine-to-machine communications.

 

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Roberta Prescott
Roberta Prescott
Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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