Ericsson has entered into a three-year global framework agreement with Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata) to provide microwave and radio technologies for their operating companies. The deal extends the supply of microwave, 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technologies, which includes Ericsson MINI-LINK microwave transmission, multi-standard RBS6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks, and Ericsson Psi Coverage solution. Ericsson will enable Axiata to capture the rapid data growth, driven by the emergence of a Networked Society, through delivering best-in-class network and application performance.
Under the framework agreement, Ericsson will be one of the main suppliers of microwave and radio equipment for the expansion of GSM, WCDMA and LTE coverage and capacity in countries where Axiata operates. This will enable the Axiata Group of Companies (OpCos) to boost their network capacity and performance, thereby creating new revenue streams from enriched data services and the offer of enhanced user experiences.
Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka and Global Customer Unit Axiata says: "The award of this framework agreement further strengthens the partnership between Ericsson and Axiata Group, and confirms Ericsson’s position as technology leader. The flexibility and reliability of our solutions will help Axiata offer the best possible service to their customers."
Ericsson´s world’s leading microwave portfolio, MINI-LINK, includes microwave nodes for any network scenario.The nodes are modular and capable of handling single hops as well as advanced hub sites for larger networks. The Ericsson RBS6000 radio base station can operate on all standards – GSM, WCDMA and LTE – and offers a seamless, integrated and environmentally friendly solution that is forward-compatible. The Ericsson Psi Coverage solution is an Ericsson-unique innovation, providing cost-efficient broadband coverage in areas with light to medium traffic volume, and helping operators build mobile broadband coverage in areas with challenging conditions, for example due to number of users and a lack of good commercial power.
Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. In addition, the Malaysian grown holding company has a stake in non-mobile telecommunication operations in Pakistan.
The Group’s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia, ‘Idea’ in India and ‘M1’ in Singapore.
The Group, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 250 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2013 was USD5.8 billion. The Group provides employment to over 20,000 people across Asia. Axiata’s vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia.
Axiata was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group and the Telecom Asia Best Regional Mobile Group 2010 and 2011 for its operations in multiple Asian markets.
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