Ericsson to supply Maltacom with Telephony Softswitch solution for network upgrade to IP

Maltacom, the leading telecommunications operator in Malta, has contracted Ericsson for a total upgrade of their fixed network to the Ericsson Telephony Softswitch solution and for the supply of related implementation and support services.
Press release
Mar 23, 2005 13:00 (GMT +00:00)
Under the agreement, Ericsson will upgrade Maltacom's core network from circuit-switched technology, based on AXE-10 exchanges, to an IP-based Softswitch solution. Ericsson will also provide the related implementation and support services.

Ericsson's Telephony Softswitch solution will cover the complete fixed line telephony network including local, transit and international network layers. The solution will reuse Maltacom's existing AXE-10 access network elements, hence reducing the required investments for the network upgrade.

"With this contract, we will upgrade our network into an advanced multi-service network," said Joseph Bugeja Group Technical Director Maltacom. "The new network shall undoubtedly serve as a platform for the provision of new and innovative services to our customers and to increase our competitiveness in the market. Ericsson is one of the leaders in the Softswitch market and has offered us a very competitive solution that helps us minimise the required investments by re-using our existing infrastructure," added Joseph Bugeja.

"We are pleased that Maltacom has entrusted Ericsson as the supplier that will lead them into offering Next Generation Services to their customers," said Amerigo Garofano, Director, Market Operations Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Malta, Ericsson South East Europe. "This contract further strengthens our long-standing relationship with Maltacom and confirms our leading position in the Softswitch market."

Ericsson Telephony Softswitch solution gives Maltacom a future-proof migration path to evolve their circuit-switched network to a multi-service network. It is capable of carrying large and growing volumes of voice and data traffic and enables integrated traditional fixed telephony with IP-based broadband traffic on a single network.
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.

Peter Olofsson, Director, Media Relations
Ericsson Group Function Communications
Phone: +46 702 67 34 45, +46 8 719 69 92

Maria Boura, Head of Communications,
Ericsson South East Europe
& Regulatory Affairs, Greece
Phone: +30 210-6695100,

About Maltacom
Maltacom p.l.c. is the leading telecommunications operator in Malta. Maltacom p.l.c. is the listed holding company for the Maltacom Group of companies that comprises a number of subsidiaries specialised in different business areas. Maltacom p.l.c. is listed on both the Malta and London Stock Exchanges.

About Ericsson Engine
Ericsson Telephony Softswitch solution is a commercially proven system that maintains and extends operator revenues.. It provides a low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to an IP multi-service platform. It offers operators the opportunity to utilize network resources for next-generation services in the most cost efficient way, while continuing to profit from telephony services. More than 33 operators worldwide have selected Ericsson for their Softswitch solution and 25 networks are in commercial service.