“Ericsson and BellSouth have a long-standing history and we are very happy to have been selected to provide our leading CDMA2000 1X solution in Panama,” said Åke Persson, president of Ericsson Mobile Systems CDMA.

Ericsson’s CDMA2000 solution will enable BellSouth Panama to reduce costs through decreased space requirements, deployment flexibility, simplified site acquisition and leasing, decreased construction costs and lower power consumption. Ericsson’s CDMA2000 solution will also allow BellSouth Panama to reuse existing TDMA network components, ensuring a smooth migration to 3G. The compact design and high performance characteristics of Ericsson’s CDMA2000 1X solution offers significant savings in both capital and operating expenses for BellSouth Panama.

Deployment will begin immediately. Ericsson will deploy its industry-leading total CDMA2000 solution including: the radio base station (RBS) 1127; base station controller (BSC) 1120; AXE810 Mobile Switching Center (MSC); Packet Core Network (PCN); Home Location Register (HLR); TEMS™ CellSight performance management system; and the Sony Ericsson T206 CDMA2000 handset, as well as network rollout.