Latin American wireless service provider
NII Holdings Inc.
) has joined up with Motorola Mobility to launch Atrix HD
smartphone in Mexico. Atrix HD is preloaded with NIHD's
Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution, PRIP. Motorola Mobility is a
NIHD, which operates under the Nextel brand, offers its PTT
service using its 3G wireless network in Mexico. PRIP service
uses a software-based solution and is accessed by an icon on the
handset. The PRIP service allows Nextel Mexico customer to
connect with other PTT users anytime and from any place.
Nextel Mexico is the first market to launch the PRIP service
and is second in NIHD's footprint to offer the PTT service in
Latin America. Last year, Nextel started offering PTT services on
its WCDMA network in Peru. The new 3G PTT service provided by
Nextel Peru is offered through Huawei-based U3220 handsets.
However, with Atrix HD, Nextel Mexico customers
will be able to enjoy the PTT service with a high end smartphone.
Additionally, the software of PRIP can be used in other devices
running on Google
The announcement was accepted positively by the shareholders
as the stock leaped almost 14% to close at $7.39 during
Wednesday's trade in Nasdaq.
Traditionally, NIHD has used the iDEN (Integrated Digital
Enhanced Network) technology to offer Push-to-Talk services. The
iDEN technology is not as widely used as other wireless networks
and has fewer subscribers worldwide compared to other digital
We believe that the software-based solution will allow NIHD to
extend its PTT service reach, by offering the solution in other
advanced and popular devices, which in turn will allow the
company to compete better with bigger players like
America Movil S.A.B. de C.V.
NII Holdings currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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