Malaysia's fastest growing mobile operator DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi) has awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) a contract to expand its EDGE network and upgrade its core network nationwide covering all major cities and towns in the peninsula (except Klang Valley) as well as East Malaysia.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will modernize DiGi's network by upgrading and optimizing some of the operator's GSM radio access equipment to EDGE, and replacing the remaining older equipment. Ericsson will also upgrade and expand DiGi's core network giving the operator additional subscriber capacity.
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2006, Ericsson will also provide DiGi with a comprehensive portfolio of telecom services in a turnkey project that covers network design, deployment, multi-vendor integration, tuning and optimizing services.
DiGi's Chief Technology Officer, Jon Eddy says: "We have a two-fold objective in our network expansion and upgrade - to significantly enhance our EDGE network quality and performance as well as to extend the reach of our EDGE services to more than 60 per cent of the country's population."
"Ericsson's track record speaks for itself. What we seek is a strong commitment, as well as in-country technical and rollout expertise that will help us meet our aggressive timelines for EDGE coverage in all major cities by the year-end," adds Eddy.
Jan Signell, president of Ericsson South East Asia and country manager of Ericsson Malaysia, says: "Ericsson is very proud to play yet another key role in taking DiGi's high-speed network to all major cities in Malaysia.
"This contract is further testimony of Ericsson's strong technology roadmap and leadership, as we have partnered with DiGi when it comes to network infrastructure for both its GSM and EDGE networks. We are grateful for DiGi's confidence in our local organization and support, and we are fully committed towards DiGi's continued success in the country."
Ericsson is the prime supplier of 70 of the 151 commercial EDGE networks installed worldwide.
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