Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Svenska UMTS Nät AB (jointly owned by TeliaSonera and Tele2) have signed a contract for a nationwide rollout of mobile broadband in Sweden. TeliaSonera and Tele2 will offer their customers enhanced mobile broadband services with speed up to 7.2 Mbps. The network is already prepared for 14.4 Mbps.
The rollout has already started, and before the end of 2007 all the major cities in Sweden will be covered.
Ericsson's High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) solution offers data speed in the downlink up to 14.4Mbps but today's commercial HSPA subscriber devices only allow a maximum downlink speed of 7.2Mbps. The advanced technology boosts network capacity and cuts response times for interactive services, increasing the performance of mobile broadband.
Fredrik Lerigon, CEO Svenska UMTS Nät AB says: "Reliability and a proven track record were the key criteria when choosing Ericsson for this key project. We are now able to offer competitive services based on the latest technology."
Mikael Bäckström, President Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: "We are proud to be selected by Svenska UMTS Nät AB to expand its HSPA radio network, and in this way contribute to bringing even faster mobile broadband to Swedish consumers. This contract takes Ericsson's leadership in broadband to the next level."
Ericsson is responsible for deployment and integration and will also deliver educational and customer support services.
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