MTS to offer customers dual access HSPA Evolution and LTE services
Ericsson exclusive supplier of LTE network
Contract includes radio network, Evolved Packet Core network, policy
control and subscriber management
TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced it
has been selected by MTS Inc. (MTS), as the exclusive supplier for its
next-generation LTE network. By evolving the operator's existing
network, Ericsson will enable MTS to provide LTE to existing HSPA
Evolution customers while ensuring their devices still work in areas
where LTE coverage is not present. MTS plans to launch the service
commercially during 2012 for customers in Manitoba.
Mark Henderson, President and CEO, Ericsson Canada Inc. says: "By
deploying dual access HSPA Evolution and LTE services, MTS is
demonstrating the smooth path operators can take to upgrade their
existing infrastructure more effectively. The evolution of existing
packet core nodes to Evolved Packet Core will make new capabilities
available through software upgrades, minimizing the need for operators
to deploy and integrate new network equipment."
The agreement also includes deployment of Ericsson's Home Subscriber
Server (HSS) and Ericsson's base stations, as well as enhancements to
Ericsson's Operations Support System for the dual access functionality.
The current Service-Aware Charging and Control solution from Ericsson
will also be integrated with the new LTE/EPC network, to provide
advanced policy control functionality. Ericsson will also provide MTS
with LTE operational readiness consulting services that will transfer
knowledge to MTS so that MTS can ensure the smooth operation of its LTE
network post launch.
"Our upcoming launch of MTS's 4G LTE network powered by Ericsson
demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers the most
innovative products and services available," said Mike Strople, Chief
Technology Officer, MTS Allstream. "With the 4G LTE network, our
customers will be able to take advantage of the speed and connectivity
offered by this world leading technology."
Ericsson has signed 65 LTE/EPC contracts in 29 countries on five
continents. The number of people around the world covered by LTE/EPC
services is 325 million and 215 million of them are served by Ericsson
LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the
fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and
cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With
increased speed and decreased latency, consumers can enjoy a wide range
of applications - such as lag-free web browsing, online gaming, social
media and video conferencing - effortlessly, while on the move. LTE
will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile internet applications
of the future.
Ericsson continues to drive open standards and has had the greatest
influence on the LTE specifications released to date. Ericsson expects
to hold 25 percent of all essential patents related to LTE, which will
make it the standard's largest single patent holder.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Ericsson Press Release:
Ericsson selected as exclusive supplier to MTS for province-wide high
speed network overlay: http://www.ericsson.com/ca/news/091111_mts_254740099_c?query=MTS
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