Telekom Austria contracts Ericsson for network upgrade

1 Dec 2009

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced that it has been hired by Telekom Austria Group to upgrade its networks in eight European countries. Telekom’s operations in Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Serbia and Slovenia will all be upgraded with Ericsson’s latest microwave solution, which enables increased capacity while reducing costs for mobile operators. Johann Pichler, CTO of Mobilkom Austria, said: ‘To guarantee that our customers can enjoy the benefits of mobile broadband and take advantage of new possibilities in the future, the work to smoothly upgrade our networks needs to begin today. Ericsson’s highly cost-effective solution helps us meet our objective of having a complete mobile broadband offering.’ Rollout has already started, including an IP-based microwave transmission network, a management system and related integration and support services. Roland Nordgren, head of Ericsson Central Europe, commented: ‘Demand is increasing fast in Central Europe, and now 18.5 million user in eight countries will get higher speed and improved services. In addition, we are also reducing costs for our operator customers with our sustainable, cost-effective solutions.’

Austria, A1 Macedonia (formerly Vip), A1 Serbia (previously VIP Mobile), A1 Telekom Austria, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Ericsson, Mobilkom Liechtenstein (now part of Telecom Liechtenstein)