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Yota Begins WiMAX Network Deployment in Nicaragua

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Russia based WiMAX network operator, Yota says that it has begun deploying a new network in Nicaragua. The new entity, Yota de Nicaragua, co owned by WiMAX Holding (75%) and a local Nicaraguan company (25%), will build the network and manage the wireless services. During the start up period, the management team from the Russian Yota has filled key posts in Yota de Nicaragua.

In September, the deployment of the network has begun in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua and the home city for 1.3 million of the 6-million population of the country.

The company plans to run the network in test mode in three months since the beginning of its deployment and to provide 500 volunteers with equipment to test the coverage and services. The beginning of commercial exploitation of the network is set to mid-2010.

"The economic situation in Nicaragua is far different from that of Russia and in a broad sense from that of the company adjusted to deal with," said Yota business development director Yegor Ivanov. "However, we see a large potential of this project. According to recent studies, Nicaragua lacks at least 200,000 new Internet connections. The demand of communications services in this country is enormous. That is why the implementation of this project, which is basically the fast transition from dial-up and scarce fixed-line communications to 4G technology, will allow to achieve a tangible social effect. Besides that, this is an opportunity for us to try out our international expansion strategy on a small country.

Nicaragua is the second foreign market for Yota after Belarus.

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