The data roaming agreement between Brazilian operators Nextel and Vivo will be expanded beyond 3G and take 4G into account throughout the country, according to Nextel CEO Roberto Rittes, reports Teletime.
Although not officially announced, the roll-out of 4G roaming is already taking place at some locations, such as Sao Paulo and Sorocaba. However, Rittes revealed that the whole of Brazil will be included by the end of the week.
Today, the main job of the capex of the mobile operator is precisely the expansion of the 4G network in places where it only served with 3G.
“Where we have 1.8 GHz [as the capital cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro] this is a normal process: we use it for 4G and 2.1 GHz for 3G.As the equipment is new, it started operation in 2013 / 2014, the upgrade part is very simple, but in the interior of São Paulo and the coast, where we do not have 1.8 GHz, the upgrade is occurring via refarming , divided half to 3G and half to 4G. end of last year at 350 sites where we made 4G. ” Started in Campinas and Santos, the process has also started in São José dos Campos.