ONI, one of Portugal's leading telecommunications operators, has selected Ericsson to upgrade its fixed-core network, including the introduction of Ericsson's telephony softswitch solution. Ericsson will also provide managed services for the network.

Ericsson's telephony softswitch solution will provide ONI with a secure evolution from a circuit-switched to a multi-service network. It will be capable of carrying large and growing volumes of voice and data traffic, integrating traditional fixed telephony with IP-based traffic in a single network.

As part of the agreement, Ericsson will also be responsible for three years for the day-to-day management of ONI's network, providing a full range of operational and maintenance activities. This will allow ONI to reduce operating expenditure, increase its focus on customers and strengthen its position in the Portuguese market.

Xavier Martin, CTO of ONI Telecom, says: "This agreement will allow us to continue serving our customers with the quality and reliability they are used to, and at the same time capitalize on the efficiency this new technology will bring."

Fatima Raimondi, President of Ericsson Portugal, says she is pleased ONI has chosen Ericsson as the supplier for its next-generation platforms and provider of managed services. "Flexibility and high availability, in combination with our local expertise, have been the key factors for further strengthening our partnership with ONI," she says.

Ericsson is the leader in managed services with 48 publically announced contracts. Currently, Ericsson-managed networks serve more than 38 million subscribers worldwide. Thirty-three operators have selected Ericsson for its softswitch solution and 25 networks using the solution are in commercial service today.

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About ONI
ONI operates in the telecommunications market through ONI Telecom in Portugal and Comunitel in Spain. ONI is the Portuguese leader among the new fixed-network operators. The company is the vehicle chosen by four leading Portuguese business groups - EDP (energy), Millennium bcp (banking), Brisa (motorways) and Galp Energia (oil and gas) - for their entry into the telecommunications market.