Monday, July 6, 2009

Ericsson Supplies WCDMA/HSPA in the Philippines

SMART, the largest mobile operator in the Philippines, has selected Ericsson to provide a WCDMA/HSPA upgrade for its nationwide GSM network. This is the first commercially deployed HSPA network for the 850MHz band in Southeast Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 850MHz frequency improves the quality of the radio signals, extending coverage and enabling rapid deployment. This makes it easier to provide mobile broadband in remote areas and improves indoor coverage in urban areas.

Under the agreement, Ericsson is the main supplier of the common GSM/WCDMA/HSPA packet core-data network, including the Service Aware Charging and Control solution which allows mobile broadband fair-usage policies. Ericsson is also one of the main suppliers of the radio access network and provides SMART with services such as network design, network deployment, competence development and systems integration.

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