Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has delivered its millionth GSM base station. The shipment marks a milestone for the GSM technology that, since its introduction in 1991, has connected more than 2.3 billion users. Today, Ericsson has deployed GSM networks in more than 100 countries. The millionth GSM base station was delivered to the mobile operator MTN Nigeria.
Since delivering its first base station in 1991 to Mannesmann in Germany, Ericsson rapidly emerged as the market leader in GSM technology. The growth in demand for GSM services has resulted in Ericsson delivering the same number of GSM Base Stations during 2004-2007 as during the period 1991-2003.
The cost efficiencies offered by GSM, its broad portfolio of devices, plus its track record of securing migration to 3G systems have helped secure the GSM technology's position in both high-growth and established markets.
The strong growth is expected to continue. The number of GSM subscribers around the world is set to increase by 40 million per month during 2007 according to the global trade association GSM Association, GSMA. More than 10 million are currently being added every month across India and China. In India alone, Ericsson is currently installing a new GSM base station every 15 minutes.
Kurt Jofs, Executive Vice President and head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson, says: "After 16 years, the pace of GSM deployments shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, we expect 2007 to be the fifth consecutive record year for deliveries. Ericsson is committed to delivering quality communications for all. We will continue to leverage on our expertise in evolving mobile infrastructure to provide future-proof investment in Ericsson GSM networks."
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About the technology
GSM, first introduced in 1991, is the world's leading digital cellular system. It provides voice, packet switched data (GPRS/EDGE) and Short Message Service (SMS). GSM has become the world's most widely used mobile system and is now deployed in more than 100 countries on all continents.