Parallel Wireless has been selected by Millicom as a strategic partner to provide the first O-RAN compliant networks in Latin America enabling 4G.
Millicom is a leading provider of cable and mobile services dedicated to emerging markets, primarily in Latin America, with nearly 55 million mobile customers. It is a leading provider of high-speed broadband and innovation, supporting ‘The Digital Lifestyle’ through its principal brand TIGO.
There are many rural locations throughout Colombia which do not have mobile broadband. With this first phase of the partnership, Parallel Wireless will provide O-RAN compliant Open RAN solutions utilizing 700MHz spectrum, enabling broadband connectivity which is key to economic development in the region. 4G networks will enable services such as e-learning, digital banking and streaming video, providing the infrastructure required to connect millions of citizens.
Xavier Rocoplan, EVP Chief Technology and Information Officer at Millicom, said: “For us at Millicom, delivering O-RAN based Open RAN technology is an important milestone. It not only means connecting more people in rural areas, starting with Colombia, but it’s also an innovative approach to reducing cost, increasing flexibility and efficiency by diversifying our supplier base. We hope to bring this technology to more sites across our Latin American markets, as we fulfil our purpose to build digital highways that connect people and improve lives.”