Spanish start-up mobile operator Xfera Móviles has extended its contract with Ericsson for the supply of radio, network and service equipment for Xfera’s launch of 3G wireless services before the end of this year. The deal also includes installation; the value was not disclosed. The agreement follows an earlier contract struck between the two for Ericsson to supply Xfera with equipment for 2,000 W-CDMA base station sites. Both agreements combined include the technical resources needed for 2,000 sites to provide coverage of 40% of the population. Additionally, there is an option for further 1,500 sites during a three year period. Xfera plans to launch commercial 3G services with coverage of 26% of the population before the end of the year. Gaps in its UMTS coverage will be filled under a roaming agreement with a rival 2G network operator, thought to be Vodafone Spain.