Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by Vodafone Spain to modernize and expand its existing WCDMA/HSPA radio access network throughout Spain. This is the first time Ericsson will deliver WCDMA/HSPA radio network equipment to Vodafone Spain.

Under the three-year agreement Ericsson will deliver WCDMA radio base stations to enhance Vodafone Spain's network coverage and add the latest Ericsson HSPA functionality. Ericsson will also upgrade existing Vodafone Spain base station sites with Ericsson nodes to boost the capacity and functionality of the current WCDMA/HSPA network.

Jaime Bustillo, CTO, Vodafone Spain, says: "We are modernizing our 3G network so we can provide the best possible multimedia experience for our customers. The choice of Ericsson for this important project is a natural step for us following a long working relationship in which Ericsson has proven it has the competence, product portfolio and rollout capability necessary to deploy an advanced 3G network."

Ingemar Naeve, President of Ericsson Iberia, says: "Ericsson is proud to have been selected for this important WCDMA/HSPA radio project, which further strengthens our, long-term relationship with Vodafone Spain. This project complements an earlier agreement in 2006 when Ericsson was selected as sole supplier for the evolution of Vodafone's entire core network in Spain."

These projects reinforce Ericsson's WCDMA/HSPA leadership in the Iberian peninsula, and the company's position as the leading provider of mobile telecommunication networks in the world.

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