Ericsson bags Cable & Wireless GSM contract

11 Sep 2008

Swedish network hardware provider Ericsson has announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide and operate a GSM network for Cable & Wireless, as the operator looks to launch new fixed mobile convergence (FMC) services in the UK. Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply a complete core and radio-access network, based on small and low-power GSM base stations. The solution is designed to provide indoor fixed and mobile coverage for enterprise users, and allows for seamless roaming between the Cable & Wireless GSM solution and national roaming partners when moving outdoors. The contract will see Ericsson operate and manage the GSM network for five years; no financial details of the deal have been announced.

Additionally, Cable & Wireless has announced Tesco as its first corporate customer for its new FMC service. FMC will enable Tesco staff to use one mobile handset for all calls, switching between mobile and fixed line calls seamlessly.

United Kingdom, Cable & Wireless (UK), Ericsson