Ericsson to provide Smart with W-CDMA/HSPA upgrade

7 Jul 2009

Ericsson of Sweden has won a contract with the Philippines’ leading mobile operator by subscribers, Smart Communications, to upgrade its GSM networks with broadband technology based on W-CDMA/HSPA. The vendor reports that the rollout of commercial HSPA in the 850MHz band is a first for Southeast Asia, and the usage of the lower frequencies will enable rapid expansion of coverage. Commenting on the contract award, Orlando Vea, Chief Wireless Adviser of Smart said: ‘We are launching a more versatile network that will put the power of the internet in the pocket of Filipinos wherever they go. This partnership with Ericsson will enable us to offer our customers exciting services and true mobility that add up to an enhanced communications experience.’