Zagreb-based telecoms equipment provider Ericsson Nikola Tesla (ENT) has signed two long-term framework agreements with Tele2 Croatia, the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers. Under the contracts, ENT will act as exclusive provider for expanding and upgrading Tele2’s GSM and UMTS networks. According to a joint statement, the new deals are aimed at developing a strategic partnership between the two companies which pre-dates Tele2’s entry into the Croatian market in October 2005. The Swedish-owned cellco said it expected the agreements to strengthen its market position. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Tele2 Croatia’s W-CDMA network was launched in December 2006 but has only been built out to cover Zagreb, with data service plans available only to USB wireless modem users and no 3G handset packages. Its GSM network covers at least 80% of the country’s population, with nationwide roaming provided via T-Mobile Croatia’s network. Despite signing up 516,000 subscribers by the end of March 2008 Tele2 Croatia is still operating at a financial loss.