Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected to deliver its Mobile Softswitch Solution for Wataniya Telecom's nationwide GSM network in Algeria. The solution will increase network capacity, performance and operational efficiency, allowing Wataniya to meet subscriber growth and demand for its mobile services.    
 
Wataniya Telecom Algérie is Algeria's first multimedia mobile operator, running a GPRS/EDGE network and providing advanced wireless voice and data services to a customer base of more than 3 million users in a fast growing market. With this contract Wataniya takes its first step towards an all-IP core network.


Ericsson will also provide a range of associated professional services to ensure successful network delivery and make network expansion easier and faster.


Joseph Ged, COO of Wataniya Telecom Algérie, says: "Wataniya has selected 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. With the network enhancements supported by the Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution Wataniya will strengthen its innovation leadership in the market and enjoy a smoother service evolution to all-IP requirements."


Johan Lallerstedt, head of Ericsson's operations in northern Africa, says: "We are very pleased to be selected by Wataniya Telecom as supplier of the Mobile Softswitch Solution. We look forward to assisting Wataniya to continue providing state-of-the-art quality services and strengthen its market position."


Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution is the world's most widely deployed softswitch architecture solution. It powers about 50 percent of all the mobile networks with softswitch architecture that are in full commercial service.


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About Wataniya
With operations in Kuwait, Iraq, Tunisia, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Algeria, Wataniya is actively expanding its presence within the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region. Serving more than 4 million customers, Wataniya has built its success on offering the latest communications services and capabilities to high-growth markets, enabling people to work and entertain themselves in new ways, backed by strong customer service and great value.


About Ericsson Softswitch Solutions
Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for both mobile and fixed networks.  Ericsson's solutions are commercially proven and fully standards-compliant, offering efficient and low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to a telecom-quality, IP-based service platform. 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.