In the second half of 2013, Nextel Brazil commercially launched services on its wideband code division multiple access, or WCDMA, network in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and surrounding areas and extended those services to other areas in Brazil by expanding the coverage of its network and utilizing roaming services and network sharing arrangements pursuant to agreements that it reached with another network operator in Brazil. Nextel Brazil currently offers services supported by its WCDMA network in approximately 260 cities in Brazil. Our WCDMA network enables us to offer a wide range of products and services supported by that technology, including data services provided at substantially higher speeds than can be delivered on our legacy integrated digital enhanced network or iDEN.
We also offer long-term evolution, or LTE, services in Rio de Janeiro and continue to provide services on our legacy iDEN network throughout various regions in Brazil. Our transition to standards-based technologies such as WCDMA also gives us more flexibility to offer customers the option of purchasing services by acquiring the subscriber identity module, or SIM, cards from us separately, and by providing the customer with the option to use the SIM cards in one or more devices that they acquire from us or from other sources.
NII Holdings uses iDEN® (integrated Digital Enhanced Network), technology developed by Motorola, which utilizes state-of-the-art packet-based transmission methods to provide instant access, low latency, high voice quality and dependable communications.
iDEN consolidates multiple communications devices into one, while providing the highest quality Push-to-Talk (PTT) functionality. iDEN handsets have everything clients need to make their business or personal lives easier by offering fast, flexible and cost-effective communications.
In Latin America, Nextel Brazil delivers iDEN coverage in major cities in Brazil.
As proof of our continued commitment to iDEN technology, in 2010, we extended our contract with Motorola Solutions to supply hardware, software and services. In 2011, we extended our handset supplier agreement with Motorola Mobility to supply iDEN handsets through 2014. The extension of this solid relationship expands the scope of the supply agreement to also provide a range of new handsets and services for NII’s next-generation networks, including PTT and 3G-enabled handsets, as well as exciting devices and accessories.
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