Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been chosen as sole supplier by leading Mozambican operator mCel for the expansion and upgrade of its Mobile Packet Backbone Network solution (Mobile-PBN). The contract includes Redback's SmartEdge products, and is set to boost network capacity and manage increased traffic growth.
Ericsson's Mobile-PBN solution, which includes the Redback SmartEdge routers, delivers operator-proven IP infrastructure optimized to accommodate broadband packet data traffic growth, and transport for mCel's already-installed Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution.
The deal will provide full telecom-quality IP transport for all traffic and will allow the operator to introduce high-quality services quickly and reliably. Deployment has started and is scheduled for completion during Q2 2008.
The contract builds upon Ericsson's longstanding relationship with mCel. It also marks a significant step in the evolution to an all-IP network, and sets the stage for the introduction of a range of innovative multimedia services. The Redback SmartEdge routers deliver high reliability and predictable performance for real time voice and broadband services.
Mohamed Mussa, Director of Technology at mCel, says: "Ericsson's technology leadership and end-to-end capabilities will allow mCel to meet growing subscriber numbers quickly and cost-effectively and to provide a competitive edge through the introduction of a range of popular, high-quality multimedia services to our customers."
Jan Embro, President Ericsson Market Unit sub-Saharan Africa, says: "We are pleased to extend our partnership with mCel and help deliver cutting-edge solutions that will leverage existing infrastructure to meet future network growth. This contract also highlights the fundamental role of Redback's SmartEdge routers as an integral part of Ericsson's comprehensive Full Service Broadband offering. "
The contract is another example of successful Ericsson and Redback joint wins. Ericsson is now supplying Redback equipment to 65 carriers in more than 45 countries.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 185 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the Stockholm, London and NASDAQ stock exchanges.
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Ericsson is a leading provider of Packet Backbone Networks solutions for both mobile and fixed networks. The solutions provide fully verified and field-proven IP infrastructure for telecom-quality delivery of both circuit-switched voice and broadband packet data services. 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.