Ericsson has confirmed it has signed a deal with Lopez-owned Bayan Telecommunications (BayanTel) of the Philippines for the supply of 100,000 digital subscriber lines (DSL) nationwide. Rajendra Pangrekar, president and country manager of Ericsson Telecommunications Inc (Philippines), said the deal with BayanTel was ‘significant’ considering the low broadband internet penetration rate in the country.
Last week, BayanTel announced it had signed a frame agreement with Ericsson for the supply of the latter’s EDA solution to support its broadband rollout in the country. The Swedish vendor is already providing ongoing support for BayanTel’s nationwide DSL rollout programme. Under the latest contract it will supply, deliver, install, integrate, test and commission its IP-DSLAM Ethernet DSL access solution. The EDA solution is being deployed in BayanTel’s service areas in Metro Manila, the Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao regions, and will commence in June 2006.