Ericsson to supply microwave and optical broadband network to Antel in Uruguay

Press release
Apr 12, 2007 08:31 (GMT +00:00)
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Antel, the leading telecom operator in Uruguay, have signed two contracts for the supply of Ericsson's microwave transmission, MINI-LINK, and optical networking solutions, providing a platform for flexible, scalable and cost-effective transport network for fixed and mobile services.

Through these solutions, Antel will be able to offer Uruguayan consumers a wide range of services and to meet the demand for network capacity, driven by the increasing number of subscribers and the uptake of new data services in Uruguay.

José Luis Saldías, CEO, Antel, says: "We have chosen Ericsson as their microwave transmission and optical solutions efficiently meet our need for modernization of the transmission and transport network, and support the necessary voice and data traffic required by our customers. The solutions are reliable and they meet our precise requirements."

Luis López, Country Manager, Ericsson Uruguay, says: "This new agreement takes our relationship with Antel Uruguay to a new level and confirms our position as a leader in microwave and optical transmission solutions provider in Uruguay."

The agreements include MINI-LINK TN, Marconi OMS 1600 and Marconi OMS 1200 that allows optimization on both network and sites, resulting in a more cost efficient transport network. The agreement includes also a complete set of services including installation, integration and hardware support.

The contract highlights the benefits of the Marconi acquisition to Ericsson's customers, who value having a strategic partner and a provider of broadband solutions.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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About Antel - Uruguay

Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones ('ANTEL') is a state owned company, established on 25th July, 1974 with the main purpose to provide telecommunication services to the whole country. Telecommunication services exist in Uruguay under different ways since 1870. From the beginning, it has been characterized as an advanced company, incorporating technological solutions from the latest generation. For years, ANTEL's commitment to greater services variety and development of information and telecommunication technologies brings the satisfaction of its customers and the growth of the whole society.

About Ericsson MINI-LINK portfolio

MINI-LINK offers an unmatched product range and reliability record in the short-haul segment. The portfolio includes point-to-point systems as well as smart nodes under a centralized management system.  It offers the widest range of capacities, frequencies, antennas, accessories and services available on the market. Ericsson is the undisputed market leader in microwave transmission and has delivered more than 1,100,000 MINI-LINK all around the world.

About Ericsson's Marconi OMS 1600

Marconi OMS 1600 is a family of compact Optical MultiService transport and switching platforms offering a flexible mix of high density TDM and Ethernet ports capable of delivering a wide range of data and TDM services. It is ideally suited for applications ranging from metro-edge service aggregation (with dual TDM/Data bus) to ring-closure in the metro-core network. Marconi OMS 1600 deliver traditional and new services cost-effectively and incrementally, enabling significant network simplification and rapid and efficient delivery so that customers can benefit from a rapid and profitable response to the emerging optical broadband services' demand.