Ericsson to provide Grameenphone with IP mobile backbone network solution

Press release
Feb 12, 2007 07:05 (GMT +00:00)
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed a major deal with Telenor company Grameenphone to build and integrate a complete IP mobile backbone network for the introduction of layered architecture across Bangladesh. This marks Grameenphone's first step towards an all-IP network.
Grameenphone, the leading operator in Bangladesh, will use Ericsson's mobile packet backbone network to build its IP network across Bangladesh in a cost-efficient way. The deal will provide full telecom-quality IP transport for all network traffic and will allow the operator to introduce high-quality services quickly.

Ericsson has been awarded the full turnkey project, with end-to-end responsibility for the design, deployment and systems integration of the IP backbone network. The integration involves 15 sites across the country and Ericsson will provide a range of associated professional services to ensure successful network delivery.

Shafiqul Islam, Chief Technical Officer of Grameenphone, says: "Grameenphone has enjoyed a long, fruitful relationship with Ericsson and is pleased to extend the partnership further. In keeping with our past achievements, we want to lead the Bangladeshi market by offering a high-quality and wide range of differentiating mobile services, with the most innovative and complete portfolio of applications and interactive contents."

"We chose Ericsson for this significant investment because of its technology leadership, the value it delivers in its solutions, and its ability to continue to support us in our future requirements."

Arun Bansal, Managing Director, Ericsson Bangladesh, says: "We are honored to support Grameenphone during this important step in Bangladesh. We are confident that with our strong local presence and in-country deployment and systems integration expertise, we will be able to exceed Grameenphone's expectations. We look forward to being the partner of choice for Grameenphone in the future."

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About Grameenphone
Grameenphone Ltd. is the largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh, with more than 11 million mobile phone users as of January 2007. A subsidiary of Telenor, it started operations in Bangladesh in 1997. Grameenphone is one of the largest private sector investments in the country.

About Ericsson Mobile Packet Backbone Network solutions
Ericsson is a leading provider of Packet Backbone Network solutions for both mobile and wireline networks. The solutions provide fully verified and field-proven IP infrastructure for the telecom-quality delivery of both circuit-switched voice and packet-switched data services. The Ericsson Packet Backbone Network solutions fully support Ericsson's softswitch and IMS deployments, and address key operator issues such as real-time voice performance, telecom-grade availability and security. More than 100 fixed and mobile operators worldwide have launched commercial services based on Ericsson's Packet Backbone Network solutions and associated services.