T-Mobile Macedonia, the leading operator in Macedonia, is introducing high-speed mobile broadband services to its 1.3 million subscribers with the help of WCDMA/HSPA technology from Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). The companies have signed a four-year contract for a nationwide HSPA-enabled network and modernization of the packet-core network.


Under the agreement, Ericsson will be sole supplier of a complete WCDMA/HSPA network, including radio access network and modernization of the existing packet-core network. The deployment of the WCDMA/HSPA radio access network and the transformation of the packet-core network will provide the network capacity and functionality needed to handle the uptake of mobile broadband and ensure cost-effective and reliable network operations.

Ericsson will plan, design and deploy the radio access network, and design, adapt and integrate the packet-core network. The contract also covers support and competence development services. Delivery has already started.

Ericsson's High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) solution increases data speeds by making significant enhancements to both the uplink and the downlink. The advanced technology boosts network capacity and cuts response times for interactive services, increasing the performance of mobile broadband. This will enable T-Mobile Macedonia to offer its customers the latest high-speed mobile broadband services including mobile internet, video calls and other advanced multimedia services.

Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Macedonia, says: "Ericsson's HSPA solution will enable us to launch mobile broadband services quickly and with high quality and performance. Partnering with Ericsson means we can offer our customers a superior communications experience and strengthen T-Mobile Macedonia's position as a leading 3G-network operator and service provider."

Gábor Éry, President of Ericsson Hungary, says: "We are proud to continue our long-running partnership with T-Mobile Macedonia and bring our mobile broadband solution to the country. Ericsson's WCDMA/HSPA solution will bring faster mobile broadband to Macedonian consumers and help T-Mobile Macedonia meet user demand for advanced internet services anywhere at any time."

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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of "to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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About Ericsson's HSPA solution
HSPA stands for High Speed Packet Access. An inherent advantage of HSPA is that the technology is a natural extension of existing WCDMA/GSM networks, which comprise about 85 percent of the world's existing wireless networks, and therefore is widely available to a great many wireless users, creating a mass market for mobile broadband. Ericsson's HSPA mobile broadband solution is part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering. Evolving HSPA technology will offer download speeds over 80Mbps and upload speeds over 20Mbps.