Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) has been selected to upgrade Bite's 3G network with HSDPA in Lithuania and to build an HSDPA-enabled WCDMA/UMTS network in Latvia. With the upgrade, Bite has boosted its mobile broadband offering, delivering a download speed of up to 3.6Mbps, further breaking new ground in the Baltic region.
Ericsson is delivering commercial HSDPA hardware, software and implementation services. This upgrade to HSDPA has enabled Bite to introduce its customers to a new generation of mobile services, including mobile broadband, mobile TV and mobile music.
Zilvinas Jurksus, CTO of Bite Group, says: "Our customers are driving the evolution of our networks, demanding more advanced services. Choosing Ericsson as supplier allows us to be among the first in the world to launch HSDPA-enabled services and offer our customers mobile broadband with unrivalled transfer speeds. We will satisfy our customers' needs in this area not only today, but also in the future."
Stefan Johansson, President, Ericsson Lithuania and Ericsson Latvia, says: "We look forward to cooperating with Bite as it brings this enriched experience to its customers. HSDPA deployments are taking off around the world and we are extremely pleased to power Bite's HSDPA network in both Lithuania and Latvia."
Bite has been running its network with HSDPA up to 3.6Mbps in Lithuania since June 7. The HSDPA launch in Latvia will also deliver download speeds up to 3.6Mbps. With the Ericsson HSDPA solution, users are able to download on average eight times faster than the current 3G connection using existing PC cards, and up to 40 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection.
At the end of the year, Ericsson's HSDPA solution will enable peak download speeds of up to 14Mbps. The advanced technology more than triples system capacity and makes response times for interactive services faster.
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About Bite Group
Bite Group consists of the companies 'Bite Lietuva' and 'Bite Latvija'. The international telecommunications company 'Bite Lietuva' in Lithuania is a full-scale mobile operator providing mobile communications services, as well as data and internet solutions for the business market. Bite Group strives to be the best in serving Baltic mobile customers, delivering easy-to-understand and easy-to-use communication services. With the number of customers on the 'Bite Lietuva' network now close to 2 million, the company has close to 27 percent of Lithuania's mobile market, according to revenue.
Launching its commercial services on September 15, 2005, 'Bite Latvija' revenues in the first quarter of 2006 had increased 28 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2005. The number of customers using the 'Bite Latvija' network reached 100,000 at the end of June, 2006.
Bite Group companies are part of the Vodafone's Partner Network. More information is available at www.Bitegroup.net.