Tele2 Norway and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have signed an agreement for next-generation nationwide coverage. Under the contract Ericsson will also upgrade and expand Tele2's existing 2G and 3G networks in Norway, becoming the main vendor for the radio access solutions for all standards. The agreement supports Tele2 Norway's strategy to advance its market position, be in the forefront and move quickly with its new offerings to consumers.
The deal includes multi-standard radio base station equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 family, LTE RAN software, upgrade of existing 2G and 3G access network software and upgrade of core solutions. Services will also be a key part of the upgrade.
Robert Puskaric, President of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia, Ericsson says: "We started a strategic partnership with Tele2 in Norway in 2008 and this development is an important milestone. Ericsson will now become the main nationwide network partner for 2G and 3G expansion, as well as build-out of 4G. We are committed to provide enhanced mobile experience for Tele2's subscribers across the country."
The Norwegian government is planning to hold a national frequency auction in December 2013, aiming to secure better competition in the Norwegian mobile market.
The recently published Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that in five years 60 percent of the world's population will to be covered by LTE. Ericsson has delivered more than 150 LTE/EPC networks worldwide, of which more than 80 have gone live commercially.
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