SOFTBANK MOBILE selects Ericsson to deploy 900MHz Evolved HSPA

Telecom Lead Europe: Ericsson announced that SOFTBANK
MOBILE, Japan’s leading operator, has selected the company to deploy an Evolved
HSPA radio access network for recently allocated spectrum in the 900MHz band.


As part of this partnership, Ericsson will deploy its
latest RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations in the Tomeihan area, which
includes Japan’s biggest
cities: Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The deployment will help
SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. to offer its users broader network coverage and a more
enhanced mobile broadband experience.


The RBS 6000 is a no-compromise, energy-efficient compact
multi-standard radio base station site solution that supports GSM/EDGE,
WCDMA/HSPA and LTE in a single package. The RBS 6000 is built with
state-of-the-art technology and, at the same time, provides backward
compatibility with the highly successful RBS 2000 and RBS 3000 product lines.
Base stations delivered since 2001 are LTE capable.


“Together with SOFTBANK MOBILE we will build a
state-of-the-art, high-performance Evolved HSPA network and further strengthen
our leadership in mobile broadband. Ericsson’s network will enable SOFTBANK
MOBILE to deliver improved user experiences in speed and connectivity, thereby
shaping the Networked Society,” said Jan Signell, president of Ericsson


SOFTBANK MOBILE will leverage Ericsson to make the
optimal use of the 900MHz band. Ericsson will also help SOFTBANK
MOBILE address the complexity that comes with exponential growth in data.
Ericsson will also be responsible for a range of professional services such as
network design, consulting systems integration and network deployment.


Junichi Miyakawa, executive vice president, director
& CTO of SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp., said, “We always aim to give our
customers our full attention and stay one step ahead by continuously improving
our network. Our customers are advanced users of mobile broadband and it is
important that we deploy the latest technology to support them and make the
best use of our allocated 900MHz band.”

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