Swisscom in pact with Ericsson for LTE and mobile-network modernization

Swisscom, Switzerland’s mobile and fixed operator, has
entered into a five- year contract with Ericsson for mobile-network
modernization and upgrade to LTE.


As per the agreement, Ericsson will modernize 6,000
mobile sites with its RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations and optimize
all of Swisscom’s networks.


The operator’s mobile-data users will benefit from faster
speeds as a result.


Now, Ericsson has become the sole supplier for the
modernization of Swisscom’s existing mobile-core and radio network, and the
introduction of LTE.


Under the five-year contract, Ericsson will deliver core
network, multi- standard radio base stations for 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as
related installation services for the swap of the existing infrastructure.


“By continuing to provide our subscribers with the
best network possible while meeting the growing usage of mobile data, we will
invest several hundred million Swiss Francs in mobile- network modernization
over the next five years,” said
Heinz Herren, Head of Network & IT, Swisscom.


With this deployment Swisscom will have GSM, WCDMA and
LTE access networks. A key component in the core network is Ericsson’s SGSN-MME
node, which supports all three access technologies. The rollout will start in
January 2012 and all mobile sites will be modernized by mid 2014.


Ericsson sees mobility and broadband as pillars of the
Networked Society, in which everyone and everything is connected, this extended
partnership marks yet another step towards realizing that vision,” said Anders
Runevad, Head of Region Western & Central Europe of Ericsson.


Swisscom entered into a partnership with iControl Networks, a provider of
broadband home management.


Together, iControl and Swisscom
will offer new products and services for residential customers to help them
stay connected to their homes when away. The first Smart Living solutions will
be launched to the Swiss market next year.


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