Network will enable DAVE Wireless subscribers to access advanced wireless
services and devices
TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc.
(DAVE Wireless) announced today that it has signed an exclusive multi-year
contract with Ericsson to design and build its 3G Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System (UMTS) network. The high speed packet access (HSPA)
network will give DAVE Wireless subscribers access to 3G smartphones and data
devices, as well as excellent voice and data services. The network is also
enabled with the capability of high speed packet access evolution (HSPA+) -
allowing for future mobile broadband services.
UMTS is the international standard for 3G mobile phone technologies. It
is a proven technology, with millions of subscribers currently benefiting from
exceptional voice quality and a vast selection of handsets and data devices.
"This is an important milestone for DAVE Wireless and moves us one step
closer to offering competitive voice and data services to Canadians," said
Dave Dobbin, President, DAVE Wireless. "We are confident that by selecting
Ericsson, a recognized global leader in network infrastructure and
telecommunications services, our subscribers will receive great value when
using our voice and data services."
Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide a complete
end-to-end solution for the DAVE Wireless network including all aspects of the
design, implementation, testing and operational handover. Industry-leading
Ericsson base stations, radio network controllers, and core network elements
will all be deployed in each of DAVE's markets. Ericsson will also supply and
install its enhanced voicemail service platform, as well as enhanced short
message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS) platforms. The
all-IP network will allow DAVE to cost-effectively provide its customers with
innovative services and applications.
"We are excited to be chosen as the exclusive supplier to design and
build the 3G network for DAVE Wireless," said Angel Ruiz, President, Ericsson
North America. "Ericsson's global technology leadership combined with our 56
years of experience in the Canadian market will help DAVE provide an enriched
communication experience for its customers."
"Ericsson's HSPA network infrastructure positions DAVE to provide the
most advanced wireless technologies to Canadians today and allow for future
LTE deployments," Dobbin added.
Ericsson MINI-LINK(TM) Microwave radios will be used extensively in the
network for backhaul of cellular voice and data traffic. These flexible,
scalable and high capacity devices will allow the DAVE Wireless network to
scale easily to handle all projected network loading, while reducing costs for
backhaul versus conventional leased lines.
DAVE Wireless and Ericsson will now utilize their respective strengths to
move forward with final planning and deployment of the DAVE Wireless 3G
network. This exclusive agreement covers the network build of DAVE Wireless'
five most populous markets; Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
DAVE Wireless holds 10 licenses for targeted urban markets across Canada,
covering over 16 million Canadians. They plan on offering simple, flexible and
affordable wireless services to Canadians in early 2010.
About Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE Wireless)
DAVE Wireless is a Canadian wireless company led by Obelysk, a
diversified Canadian holding company, and Quadrangle Capital Partners, a
global investor in the telecommunications and media sectors with more than $6
billion of capital under management. Following the Canadian wireless spectrum
auction, DAVE Wireless now holds licenses which cover more than half of
Canada's population in 10 of the 13 largest markets including Toronto,
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
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