Swedish hardware vendor has inked an agreement with the Zain Group to expand the core network and GSM radio access network (RAN) for the mobile group’s Madagascan subsidiary. The expansion of the network will be centred on the deployment of Ericsson’s Packet Core Network, including both SGSN and GGSN nodes, and Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch Solution. The new solutions are expected to allow Zain to reduce the number and size of its main core network sites. Rollout of the first phase of the project is already underway. No financial details of the deal have been announced.