Japan's first HSPA Evolution network has been launched in the country's largest metropolitan cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and Nagoya, enabling peak data rates of 21Mbps. The deployment is part of a major expansion and upgrade agreement between Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and leading mobile broadband operator, EMOBILE.
EMOBILE's new mobile broadband services, launched on July 24, are powered by HSPA Evolution, Ericsson's latest high-speed broadband access technology. The 21Mbps peak rate adds a new dimension to the broadband experience, providing significantly faster internet browsing and file downloads. It increases network capacity and allows more customers to enjoy higher mobile broadband speeds.
Eric Gan, Representative Director, President & COO of EMOBILE, says: "Deploying the first HSPA Evolution network in Japan is an important milestone for EMOBILE. Ericsson's HSPA Evolution technology provides us with the fastest level, most advanced mobile broadband network in the country and gives our customers a true mobile broadband experience."
Fredrik Alatalo, President of Ericsson Japan, says: "EMOBILE's successful launch of 21Mbps significantly improves the mobile broadband user experience and also provides new business opportunities. We are proud to be part of this exciting launch and will continue to use our leading technology and services to support EMOBILE in the future."
Under the agreement, Ericsson is the sole supplier of the core network and core systems integration services. Ericsson is also the main supplier for upgrading the existing WCDMA/HSPA radio access network with HSPA Evolution, including network deployment services.
EMOBILE is a leader in mobile broadband in Japan and has been working closely with Ericsson since 2006. As of July 31, 2009, EMOBILE's subscribers numbered more than 1.74 million.
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EMOBILE is a company of eAccess Group achieving an entry into the mobile phone market in March 2007, first ever in 13 years. Since its service start, EMOBILE has been providing mobile broadband services based on leading-edge technologies as a leader in the "high-speed data communications" domain by introducing the latest technologies. In March 2008 EMOBILE started its mobile phone voice service and has steadily expanded its service areas, achieving a nationwide service offering. The telecom operator will further extend new possibilities in the mobile world by converging the high-speed data communication and voice services. For details, please click the link below.
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. It is therefore 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. HSPA Evolution technology will offer download speeds over 80Mbps and upload speeds over 20Mbps.
21Mbps is the peak network downlink speed. Actual customer download speeds are less and can vary due to congestion, distance from the base station, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.