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4G technology testing begins today in Havana

4G technology testing begins today in HavanaHAVANA, Cuba, Mar 8 (ACN) The Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) will carry out from this Friday the tests of the 4G technology in the capital.

The dry test has, among other objectives, to monitor the behavior of the network and evacuate part of the traffic currently generated by the consumption of mobile data in the city through 3G, informed specialists of the entity to Cubadebate.

According to Yusnely Llano González, Director of Channel Management of ETECSA's Commercial Integration Vice-Presidency, LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology is currently being introduced and only when the conditions are created will it be launched with specific offers.

The test will start in the northern part of Havana and will cover the entire coastline from Havana Bay to Santa Fe, Playa, and in a next step must reach the Mariel.

Not all users in this geographic area will be able to access the 4G, as only those who habitually consume at least 2.5 GB during a month were selected - so far, about ten thousand potential clients have been identified.

In order to use the 4G, the cell phone must have a frequency of 1800 MHz FDD (Frequency Duplex Division), and it is also necessary to have a USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity Module) card, which has been marketed for two years in ETECSA's commercial network.

The company recommends those who enter the test to configure the smart phone, where the network is defined, in automatic mode for existing networks (2g or GSM, 3G or WCDMA, 4G or LTE), as identified in the device.

Customers do not have to contact the company, as they are already identified who can participate.

People who wish to take part in this voluntary test, who are in the areas established for it, if they do not have the terminal or the USIM card, will be called punctually to indicate the benefits of this technology and if they are interested, they must purchase a phone that meets the required conditions.

If the customer has a SIM, and is selected, or simply wants to make the change, he must go to one of the commercial units of ETECSA to change it, paying the established price of 3.00 CUC.

The test is that the users will be allowed to make use of the network, but from the same packages and tariffs that they have.

Since the beginning of the mobile data service last December, ETECSA has installed 89 2G base stations, 92 3G base stations, 44 LTE base stations and 102 carriers.

Micro-localized radio bases of 900 and 2100 MgH are also installed with the objective of evacuating voice traffic in areas of high concentration of people such as parks, boulevards and squares, places in which there are commonly already wifi zones; said Eliezer Samada Granda, Head of the Wireless Access Group of ETECSA's Investment Vice-Presidency.

According to the specialist, Varadero and Cárdenas already have access to this technology, but only for Roaming.

Currently at the country level, only seven percent of customers who make data traffic on the current network generates 52 percent of the total volume, the note states.

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