Ericsson expands its African leadership in LTE
Ericsson has announced that it has been selected by Unitel, a provider of telecommunications services in Angola, as a key supplier of its next-generation 4G/LTE network.
The agreement covers the deployment of new LTE sites, Ericsson’s Home Subscriber Servers (HSS) for user data management. It also includes the integration of LTE functionality into existing provisioning and charging systems, and an upgrade of the core network to a triple-access Evolved Packet Core that simultaneous carries GSM, WCDMA and LTE traffic.
Under the scope of the agreement, Ericsson is also responsible for the design, implementation and initial tuning of the LTE network.
Miguel Martins, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Unitel, said ” The recent launch of Unitel’s 4G LTE network powered by Ericsson demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the highest standard and state of the art mobile broadband services.”
To maintain its strong position in the Angolan marketplace, Unitel launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) services commercially on Sunday, December 16, introducing faster mobile broadband speeds, meeting the burgeoning demand for data-driven services and giving Unitel the ability to offer its customers the most innovative services available on the market today.
Lars Lindén, head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, said: “This deal reaffirms Ericsson’s leadership in LTE and further extends our long-standing relationship with Unitel. The new LTE network will facilitate Unitel’s continued delivery of superior connectivity, services and capabilities to their customers.”
Ericsson has more than 90 commercial LTE contracts on six continents, of which over 50 networks have already gone live. More than 455 million people worldwide have LTE coverage, of which 305 million are covered by LTE networks supplied by Ericsson (July 2012).