Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by Uruguay's leading telecom operator, Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL), to be the supplier for its dual 2G/3G core network modernization program.

Under the contract Ericsson will be the integrator and take full turnkey responsibility for the supply of equipment, deployment, integration, and live migration. Rollout has started while the complete installation and integration is expected to be finished during last quarter 2007.

Ericsson will provide a common 2G/3G core network including the Ericsson  Mobile Softswitch Solution. This will enable ANTEL to cost-effectively improve network capacity and deliver a range of innovative multimedia services to its customers while taking the first step towards an all-IP network.

José Luis Saldías, CEO of ANTEL, says: "The decision to invest with Ericsson confirms our intent to offer best-in-class services to our customers. This turnkey agreement is significant in that it allows ANTEL to focus on our customers' needs while Ericsson concentrates on upgrading and evolving our core switching infrastructure."

 Luis López, President of Ericsson Uruguay, says: "We are delighted to further consolidate our long-standing partnership with ANTEL to transform and expand its network infrastructure by offering a proven migration of telephony services."

Ericsson has worked with ANTEL since 1984 on numerous projects, including the launch of its mobile services in 1994 and its evolution to GSM in 2003.

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About ANTEL - Uruguay
Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL) is a state-owned company and also the leading telecom operator in Uruguay, offering all communication services, including landline phone, public phone, mobile phone, data transmission and consulting services. Through its mobile division, ANCEL provides high quality voice and data services based on modern technologies and highly trained and committed staff. These attributes - added to constant commercial innovation - allow ANTEL to be the market leading operator in Uruguay, with more than a million users.
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About Ericsson softswitch solutions
Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for both mobile and wireline networks. Ericsson's solutions are commercially proven and fully standards compliant, offering efficient and low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to telecom-quality, IP-based service platforms. Ericsson solutions use network resources in the most cost-efficient way to provide both classic telephony and next-generation services. More than 180 fixed and mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched services based on Ericsson's softswitch solutions. Read more about Ericsson Mobile Softswitch: