Friday, April 28, 2006

Lattelekom, Triatel to sign agreement

A "marriage" at last. Lattelekom has announced it will sign a formal deal with cdma 450 operator Triatel on May 3 for the mobile/fixed wireless operator to assist in finishing the digitization /modernization of the network where use of non-wireless technologies is prohibitively expensive and, also, probably, to connect new customers in rural and remote areas.
This is nothing new for this blog. In March, I wrote:

Lattelekom + Triatel = True!

"Or thats what it says on the ladies' bathroom wall, where ( I am guessing, being male) messages of affectionate relationships are scribbled.
The "love story" is one that was hinted at a long time ago on this blog. Namely, Lattelekom and cdma 450 operator Triatel have been running a pilot project to "digitalize" certain rural areas using Triatel's fixed wireless technology rather than running fiber or cable to shacks in the woods. Over the past six months, several hundred phone lines have been installed in this way -- officially by Lattelekom, but with the network capacity and perhaps the phones provided by Triatel. Look for this to be officially sealed and announced in the next few months."

And back in September, 2004 when this blog was launched, one of the earliest posts said:

"Triatel's chief Mihail Zotov told this blogger in an informal conversation that CDMA 450 would be an excellent, relatively low cost technology for Lattelekom to bring both voice and high-speed internet to remote rural areas. In the Czech Republic, mobile operator Eurotel sold the technology as a kind of wireless DSL. CDMA has relatively wide signal propagation and, if old LMT NMT towers were used, the cost of bringing digital services to the rural dweller would be limited to the cost of the base station."

It is nice to be ahead of the curve. Remember you read it here first :)

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