RESTON, Va., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NII Holdings, Inc., [NASDAQ: NIHD], a provider of differentiated mobile communication services operating under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced today that its operating subsidiary, Nextel Peru, along with partner Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, will launch the U8820, the Company's first Push-to-Talk (PTT) Android-based smartphone in Peru. This new device represents a milestone in the expansion of NII's differentiated products and services on its new third generation (3G) platform and sets the foundation for even more advanced communications in the future.
"We are excited about offering our first 3G smartphone with Push-to-Talk capabilities in Peru," said Greg Santoro, executive vice president, chief marketing and strategy officer at NII Holdings. "As we deploy our next-generation networks across our markets, we continue our commitment to delivering differentiated high quality wireless products and services that meet the needs of our growing customer base," he added.The U8820 adds to Nextel Peru's cutting-edge handset portfolio by being the first smartphone equipped with the power of Nextel's high performance PTT service, a high speed Internet connection, and the option to hold group direct connect calls, making it an ideal business tool. "As Peruvian wireless customers' preference continues to shift toward the most advanced handheld devices and services available on the market, we feel confident that our new handset portfolio and enhanced services will meet the growing demand in Peru," said Mariano Orihuela, vice president of marketing of Nextel Peru. "The U8820 represents our best features in one product that will enrich our customers' productivity and efficiency." Paired with industry-leading PTT services, the U8820 smartphone includes access to email and social networks, is equipped with a 3.8" touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 4GB internal memory that helps subscribers in Peru maintain a competitive business edge. The launch of our next-generation platform and high speed data services on a single device is a result of the combined efforts of our strategic partners Huawei and Qualcomm Incorporated, the supplier of the QChat ® platform that powers the PTT service. The U8820 will be available from Nextel Peru starting May 2012. About NII Holdings, Inc. NII Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company based in Reston, Va., is a provider of differentiated mobile communication services for businesses and high value consumers in Latin America. NII Holdings, operating under the Nextel brand in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Chile, offers fully integrated wireless communications tools with digital cellular voice services, data services, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect® and International Direct Connect(SM), a digital two-way radio. NII Holdings is a Fortune 500 and Barron's 500 company, and has also been named one of the best places to work among multinationals in Latin America by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol NIHD. Visit the company's website at www.nii.com Nextel, the Nextel logo and Nextel Direct Connect and International Direct Connect are trademarks and/or service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc., and are used by NII's subsidiaries under license in Latin America. Visit NII Holding's news room for news and to access our markets' news centers: www.nii.com/newsroom About Huawei Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world's population.