As part of this multi-year agreement, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) expands its key supplier role with UNE by delivering an LTE network. Ericsson will deploy 4G/LTE using its new multi-standard radio base station, RBS 6000, supporting the new LTE network that will use the company's new 2.5 GHz spectrum to bring 4G to cities where traffic demand is most concentrated.
LTE is the global standard for the fourth generation of mobile broadband (4G), supported by all major players in the industry. After launching LTE in Puerto Rico, Ericsson is now supporting UNE in Colombia to be the first country in South America to enjoy faster mobile communication and data transfer.
Juan Ignacio Palacio, project manager for 4G/LTE at UNE, says: “UNE is proud to be again a technology leader, providing Colombians with leading-edge mobile broadband services. Ericsson has been a strategic, valued partner of ours since we established the company, and we look forward to working with them again to bring this next generation technology to our country.”
Sergio Quiroga, President of Ericsson in Latin America and Caribbean, says: “This deal reaffirms Ericsson’s leadership in LTE and further extends our long-standing relationship with UNE. Ericsson’s LTE network will enable UNE to deliver unique experiences for people and companies leading us to the Networked Society, and contributing to the ambitious targets defined by the Colombian government to close the digital divide and increase internet penetration.”
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 (real-time web, online gaming, social media collaboration and video conferencing) effortlessly and while on the move. LTE will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile internet applications of the future.
Ericsson has supplied the large majority of the commercial LTE networks currently covering 200 million people in the world. In Latin America and Caribbean, Ericsson is also responsible for the first LTE implementation in the region, which is happening in Puerto Rico. Now UNE innovates and is the first operator to go for LTE in Colombia.
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Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.
Ericsson has enjoyed a presence in Latin America since 1896, when it signed an agreement in Colombia and for the first time delivered equipment to the region. In the early 1900s, Ericsson increased its presence in Latin America by signing commercial deals in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Today, Ericsson is present in 56 countries within South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ericsson is the market-leading telecom supplier, with a market share of more than 40 percent in Latin America and more than 100 signed telecom services contracts in the region.
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