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Ericsson signs GSM expansion contract with Mobitel in Sri Lanka

Mobitel has selected Ericsson as the exclusive vendor to expand its GSM network in Sri Lanka. Ericsson will supply both core and radio access network equipment, including GSM 900, GPRS, EDGE, as well as turnkey network design, deployment and integration services.

Press release  |  May 31, 2005 12:30 (GMT +00:00)

This agreement complements the GSM 1800 contract that was previously awarded to Ericsson, leading to Mobitel's successful launch of mobile services in 2002, for both consumer and corporate market segments.

The current contract for deployment of GSM 900 technology, together with the existing GSM 1800, will enable Mobitel to more than double its network capacity and offer the latest and advanced features and services to its end users, thereby strengthening Mobitel's leadership in Sri Lanka.

Shuhei Anan, Mobitel's CEO, says that Mobitel had a number of very high quality and competitive bidders, but at all times had to consider who could provide the best overall solution and value for both immediate and long- term needs. "Ericsson, with its strong local presence, has partnered with us for three generations, from TDMA to GSM 1800 and now GSM 900. Ericsson understands both our business and market and is again being selected for its technology and value leadership," he says.

Bimal Dayal, Managing Director for Ericsson Sri Lanka, says that Ericsson has worked as a partner with Mobitel for many years with mobile networks, applications and services. "We are very pleased and honored to once again be selected by Mobitel for this major network investment, thus strengthening our commitment to develop the telecom infrastructure in Sri Lanka," he says.

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.



Ericsson Media Relations
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Jatin Ahluwalia, Ericsson India & Sri Lanka
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About Mobitel (Pvt) Limited

Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd
is the only truly indigenous mobile services provider in Sri Lanka to date - a 100 percent wholly owned Sri Lankan Company. Mobitel was the third mobile communications network to start up in Sri Lanka quickly rising to a leadership position. In October 2003, SLT bought over all the shares in Mobitel making it a 100% Sri Lankan company. Now Mobitel is well poised to revolutionize the way mobile telecommunications are perceived in Sri Lanka.