Cable & Wireless has selected Ericsson to supply the equipment for a GSM/GPRS 800HMz network in Panama. Ericsson will provide the technology along with business consulting, initial network design and installation, and optimisation services.
This will be the first time GSM services have been provided in the region. The development also makes Cable & Wireless the first operator outside the US to deploy GSM in the 800 MHZ band.
Test calls have already been made successfully on the network and the commercial launch of the network is expected in Q4 2002.