TeliaSonera's mobile operator Yoigo in Spain has awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) with a three-year managed services contract for its new 3G network in Spain. The contract covers the operation, management and maintenance of the whole network.
Under the partnership agreement, Ericsson will be fully responsible for the operations, management and maintenance of Yoigo's 3G network, including the field services, the network operation center and integral system support covering software and hardware. The contract also includes other activities like engineering, network optimization and administrative services
"The agreement is in line with our aim to keep a slim operation and therefore we strive to outsource services to other qualified partners. This Ericsson agreement is an example of a new kind of partnership where you leave the network operation to another part," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Norway, Denmark, Baltic and Spain.
Ingemar Naeve, president, Ericsson Iberia, says: "We are very proud to have been chosen to take on the responsibility for the operations of Yoigo network. This contract is another example of the value added that Ericsson can provide to its customers. In this case, it is an extension to the contract signed last summer where Ericsson was chosen by Yoigo, former Xfera, to supply and implement a complete UMTS core and access network as well as service network
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Yoigo is the new brand of TeliaSonera's mobile operator Xfera that was awarded the fourth 3G-licence in Spain. TeliaSonera, the leading telecoms operator in the Nordic and Baltic region has a 76.6% stakeholding in the company. ACS, the construction and services group, has a 17% stake, FCC, a 3.4% stake and Telvent, a 3% stake.
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Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive managed services offerings, ranging from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer's network, to hosting service applications and enablers, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 80 million subscribers worldwide.