Claro has chosen Ericsson as the sole supplier for its LTE network in Costa Rica.
The Ericsson solution will include the following: Mobility Management Entity, Home Subscriber Server, the RBS 6000 family, microwave transmission, services and consulting for spectrum refarming, equipment roll-out, systems integration and optimization, as well as support for field operations, maintenance and the back office.
Claro provides its LTE network, which uses the 1800 MHz band, as a value-added service via post-paid plans. Getting connected will require customers to have an existing 3G plan, a smartphone or tablet with LTE capability and USIM. Claro is offering LTE Internet access in some Costa Rican cantons such as La Uruca, Santa Ana, Escazú (San José), and in parts of Heredia and Alajuela provinces.
Claro is a subsidiary of América Móvil; it started serving Costa Rica three years ago. Ericsson and América Móvil have worked together for more than 15 years. Claro was the first operator to introduce LTE network services in Central America, while Ericsson says more than 50 percent of the world’s LTE smartphone traffic is served by its networks.