IA450 Congratulates Valtron Telecommunications for Launching Peru’s First CDMA450 Commercial Network

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Active participation from rural communities help define required services using CDMA450 technology.

This network is the start of a new step to provide Universal Service to the more remote Andean zones, utilizing high technology

Televias de Huarochiri, a network utilizing CDMA450 technology was implemented by Peruvian operator Valtron Communications. Televias de Huarochiri is the first commercial network operating in Latin America with CDMA450 technology. It will provide fixed and mobile services to 127 towns of the Huarochiri Province, belonging to the Lima Department located within the Andes Mountains.

Carlos Killian, representing the IA450 was invited to this significant event. The inauguration of this network was not only important for the Huarochiri Province but also for Peru; because it is representative of how active participation from the rural communities can help to define the required services.

The inauguration ceremony was held in the District of Callahuanca, one of the most important Huarochiri towns, and it was very impressive and emotive due to the massive participation of the people and to the attendance of local and national authorities. Among them were Dr. Juan Pacheco, Vice Minister of Communications, and Ingeniero Edwin San Roman, OSIPTEL President. Ingeniero Ruddy Valdivia, President of Valtron received a strong applause in recognition for his tenacity and enthusiasm to implement this network.

Dr. Juan Pacheco stated: “Peru bet on the 450 MHz band as a powerful alternative in the battle for the digital bridge reduction. The Huarochiri network is an important example of this decision”. Ingeniero San Roman also stated: “This network is the start of a new step to provide Universal Service to the more remote Andean zones, utilizing high technology”. Ingeniero Ruddy Valdivia commented: “This is a pioneer project, not only for the advanced CDMA450 technology utilized, but also for the active participation of the rural community in its planning and the support of the National Government in adopting the legislation allowing the development of a small rural operator”.

MTC

The Transport and Communication Ministry has the mission to design and apply the policies and strategies to integrate Peru throughout the transportation and communication services.

OSIPTEL

OSIPTEL - Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecomunicaciones (Peru’s telecom regulator). is the Government Agency in charge of regulation and supervision of the telecommunications sector.

Valtron Telecomunicaciones

Valtron is a Peruvian operator with more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications field, predominately in the rural areas.

About IA450

The International 450 Association (IA450) was formed 5 years ago to promote the use of the analog and digital technologies in the 400 to 500 MHz Band.

Currently the IA450 has 35 Members including operators and Industrial Members. The IA 450 promotes the use of CDMA2000® in the 450MHz band, and supports industry standards to advance the deployment of the technology. The IA 450 provides guidance and leadership to operators interested in deploying this technology through the extension of the results and benefits of actual member experiences and real life results and successes, to all global players. More information about the IA 450 can be found on the IA 450 web site at http://www.450world.org

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Dorota Inkielman                    

Dorota.inkielman @ 450world.org

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