Claro Net Brazil is a leading mobile operator in the country. The company has partnered with Intelbras and Plug and Play to provide 5G service to its subscribers. The new technology was used to activate hologram transmission at Allianz Parque stadium. The new technology was also tested in Claro‘s offices and the offices of a local musician, Lucas Lima. He was able to watch a concert 17km away and perform at the Claro offices.
Claro’s transformation from an operational department to a business partner
Claro‘s transformation from an operational department into a business partner has resulted in the company shifting its focus from technology to customer experience. It has launched the Claro Pay mobile payments app to democratize the use of payments services and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and cost. Claro‘s approach leverages data and customer experience to deliver customized solutions and increase customer loyalty. Its platform is based on microservices architecture and will help Claro launch new features and services much faster.
Claro’s 5G service
The introduction of 5G services will require significant investment, infrastructure, and time to implement. Claro‘s 5G service in Brazil is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019. It will use virtualization to reduce latency, and edge computing to move data centers closer to customers. As part of its 5G journey, Claro is also working with Nextel to share spectrum in SMP. This partnership will allow Claro to have the largest spectrum allocation in SMP while still respecting Anatel limits.
Claro was a pioneer in the commercialization of 3G and 4G in Brazil, and it has now reached the commercialization phase of 5G DSS in Brazil. The company will initially offer its 5G service in key cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The company plans to expand coverage in other districts, including Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema, and it will work with suppliers such as Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson to deploy the technology.
Claro‘s 5G service in Brazil will be available to more than two million people in the first phase. Claro‘s network is likely to cover more than 65% of the city’s population within 60 days, and the country is on track to be 5G-ready before the end of 2018. The joint venture between Claro, Vivo, and TIM is also preparing to launch the service in Belo Horizonte, followed by Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre.
Its partnership with Plug and Play
Claro Net Brazil has partnered with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform. This partnership will facilitate the scaling of Brazilian companies and their insertion into the open innovation ecosystem. It will give them direct contact with global markets and access to mentoring from leading companies. Claro is also investing in its digital platforms and network infrastructure to create new services and features.
Claro is a leader in connection speeds, with mobile and fixed services that provide ultra-fast internet. It is part of the America Movil group, which provides services in 25 countries in Latin America, Europe and the United States. It is currently the market leader in cellular service in Brazil, with over 65 million customers. Claro has also paved the way for the deployment of multiple generations of mobile technology, including the 4.5G network that offers 10x faster surfing speeds.
Claro is also the first Brazilian telecom service provider to offer connectivity to Apple Watch. The company has installed the first 5G antenna in the country. The 5G network will enhance customer experience and enable critical applications. Claro‘s Technological Reference Center was selected as a 5G homologation center by ANATEL, a Brazilian regulatory body. At Futurecom, Claro demonstrated 8K video broadcasting over a 5G test site.
Its partnership with Intelbras
The partnership with Qualcomm Technologies and Intelbras, an established Brazilian telecommunications provider, complements Claro‘s investments in the development of fifth-generation mobile networks. The two companies have also joined forces to produce a new generation of CPE, or customer premises equipment. Claro is already offering 5G services in some areas. It is also using Ericsson’s dynamic spectrum sharing technology to run 5G and 4G services simultaneously. Claro expects that by 2021, more than a million of its customers will have 5G devices.
The partnership also includes the Cisco Business Edition 3000. This solution is targeted at companies with 50 to 300 employees and integrates voice, video, messaging, and conferencing capabilities. It is designed to be easy to deploy and offers a low total cost of ownership. The solution includes SIP trunking and Digital E1 trunking interfaces.
Alberto Silva has extensive experience in corporate transactions and is a former executive at America Movil in Brazil. He currently serves on the board of Claro Participacoes SA, a holding company. He has worked in two of Brazil’s largest M&A deals.