Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Austrian operator ONE as the sole supplier to expand and upgrade their WCDMA radio network with HSPA.
Under the contract, Ericsson will deliver WCDMA radio access components and HSPA functionality to enhance ONE's mobile broadband capabilities.
The contract period runs for three years and rollout will start immediately.
In addition to expanding and upgrading ONE's WCDMA/HSPA network, Ericsson will also provide turnkey network deployment and integration as well as related support services.
The increase of coverage and speed is a cornerstone of ONE's strategy for mobile broadband and entertainment offerings in the competitive Austrian market.
Jörgen Bang-Jensen, Chief Executive Officer at ONE, says: "Ericsson's strong WCDMA/HSPA technology positions us for future growth. In the next two years we will offer our customers a nationwide coverage with mobile broadband"
Jan Campbell, President of Ericsson Austria and Ericsson Central Europe, says: "This deal underlines Ericsson's leading position in the mobile broadband market and we are proud to build on our strong relationship with ONE by supporting them with the latest HSPA technology. This mobile broadband service will strengthen our longstanding partnership in the mobile music market, while high-speed delivery will provide an enhanced user experience."
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In October 1998, the communications company ONE (ONE GmbH) launched Austria's only nationwide GSM-1800 mobile telephony network. At the end of September 2005, ONE had about 900 employees and approximately 1.7 million network customers. ONE focuses on innovative products and services. ONE is the only mobile telephony operator in Austria to offer a free voicemail box, and with ABS it offers the first real cost-control service for private post-paid customers as well as in the business sector with the private mobile branch exchange, which forms a more flexible and inexpensive alternative to the fixed line. Since 2004, ONE has focused on music and is the pioneer when it comes to downloading musical pieces in full length at www.ladezone.at. With LoungeFM, ONE presents the first mobile digital radio worldwide exclusively for UMTS-enabled handsets. ONE has a population coverage of 98 percent, as well as a banking licence for its 100 percent subsidiary ONE Bank GmbH, forming the basis of mobile payment applications. ONE is owned by the German E.ON (50.10 percent), the Norwegian Telenor (17.45 percent), the French Orange (17.45 percent) and the Danish TDC (15 percent).
About Ericsson - HSPA
HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access), the first step in the evolution path of WCDMA, enables operators to introduce attractive new services such as mobile broadband with mobile TV, mobile music, high-speed internet connectivity and fixed wireless services. Ericsson's HSPA solution offers ADSL-like peak data speeds for the downlink up to 3.6Mbps now, and up to 14.4Mbps by the end of 2006. Ericsson is the primary supplier to more than 50 percent of all commercially launched WCDMA networks and is the primary supplier to the world's first commercial HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) launch.