Ericsson selected as sole supplier of core network and for upgrade to EDGE by operator Avea in Turkey

Ericsson has been selected by Avea to upgrade its GSM network in Turkey. Ericsson will merge two existing GSM networks, become the sole supplier of core network and upgrade the existing radio access network with EDGE technology.

Press release  |  Mar 10, 2005 08:30 (GMT +00:00)

Under the agreement, Ericsson will double the capacity of Avea's network and implement EDGE technology. EDGE enables operators to improve the consumer experience by offering advanced data services, over the existing GSM infrastructure. By providing extensive network deployment and integration services, Ericsson will merge Aveas's existing networks into one seamless high-quality network with an increased coverage area.

"Our customers and their needs are always our priority. We will take a new step on our way with this contract. We will meet our customers' needs more fastly after the upgrade on our networks," said Cahit Paksoy, General Manager and Member of Avea's Board of Directors.

"After two years relationship with Avea, it's a great success for us to be chosen once again, as their supplier. We are very honored to be selected by Avea as the sole supplier of core network. Avea's choice proves our good relations with our customers, service quality and strengthens our leadership position in Turkey. With the investment, Avea will take a new and huge step on its infrastructure, as the newest GSM operator. The upgrades will provide Avea to work on high quality network with various mobile services around Turkey," said Jan Kemvall, President for Ericsson in Turkey.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

Josephine Edwall-Björklund, Ericsson Group Function Communications
Phone: +46 705191698, +46 8 719 69 92,

Ozgur Turan, Ericsson Turkey, Press Relations Responsible
Phone: +90 212 286 88 99

About Avea
Avea, the Turkish company with the highest capital, aims to raise the service quality in the sector. Being "the alternative operator" that has brought the real competition to the sector, Avea offers new products and opportunities, different tariffs to different groups for the usage of both individual and corporate customers in the private and public sectors. At the same time, Avea offers many first time services with the highest quality and the most convenient prices through making use of all the advantages of the new technology and in this respect, has been the pioneer as the technology leader in the GSM sector.

Ericsson's partnership with Avea started in 2002, when Ericsson signed an agreement for expansion of Aycell's GSM mobile network in seven major cities. Avea was officially founded in February 2004 with the merge of Turk Telekom's GSM operator Aycell and Aria - Is-TIM, joint venture of Is Bank (51%) and TIM (49%).