Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Telenor contracts Ericsson for Myanmar network

Swedish vendor to provide RAN equipment, managed services for new network in Myanmar.

Ericsson on Monday announced that it has brokered a five-year managed services deal with Telenor in Myanmar and will also supply the telco with some of the RAN equipment for its mobile infrastructure in the country.

Telenor is building out a 2G and 3G network in Myanmar using equipment from various suppliers. It signed a deal with Ericsson for radio access network (RAN) equipment for "a significant portion" of that network late last year, the Swedish vendor said.

Ericsson will also support that network build by providing multi-vendor managed services.

"Our managed services contract with Telenor in Myanmar is an important milestone for us in the region. We will draw on our years of experience in managing multi-vendor network environments to ensure that network complexity is well managed for Telenor, so they can in turn focus on their customers in the country," said Jan Wassenius, country manager for Ericsson Myanmar, in a statement.

"We are pleased to add Ericsson to the group of global partners we will be working with as we develop the Telenor Myanmar telecommunications network," added Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar. "This is a historic project for Myanmar and for Telenor, and strong partners like Ericsson will be critical to its success."

Telenor aims to cover 90% of Myanmar's 60 million-plus population within five years.

Ericsson will supply its multi-standard network solution, which supports the gamut of radio standards from GSM to LTE, and will enable Telenor to upgrade its network based on traffic requirements in particular locations and to integrate new spectrum bands as and when they become available.

source: Total Telecom
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