Ericsson and leading Serbian operator Mobtel have signed a contract valued at more than USD 105 million to expand and enhance Mobtel’s GSM 900/1800 network. Ericsson will as sole supplier provide equipment, software and services in the expansion.

Implementation will begin immediately, and when completed in 12 months will allow Mobtel to offer their customers the latest, most advanced services, including MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service). Capacity in the network will nearly double, from the current one million subscribers to close to two million.

“The enhancements this contract brings will allow Mobtel to offer the newest Mobile Internet services to our users as well as prepare us for major subscriber growth,” said Sreten Karic, General Director of Mobtel.

Ericsson will provide expanded core network, radio and microwave infrastructure, GPRS packet switching technology, MPS (Mobile Positioning System) and enhanced Mobile Internet functionality for, e.g. MMS services.

“This represents a big and inspiring step for the Yugoslav market,” said Mobtel Director in Charge Branislav Andjelic. “We are very happy to work with Ericsson. We have been in partnership with them since 1995 and will continue for years to come.”

“With this contract Ericsson continues to be recognized as the long-term partner in the modernization process and as the leading supplier of Mobile Internet systems and services,” says Jan Hultgren, President Ericsson Yugoslavia.