Ericsson has announced that Oman’s second national operator, Nawras, has selected its solution to provide the capacities and infrastructure required for the operator’s WiMAX backhaul and 3G IP-RAN. The vendor’s solution is based on executing necessary expansions and upgrades on its MINILINK network nodes, in order to provide Nawras with the needed capacities and accessibility to meet 2G/3G and WiMAX traffic requirements. Peter Rubeck, CTO of Nawras, noted: ‘This deal extends our successful partnership with Ericsson which has extended over a number of years in the mobile market. We will be able to achieve maximum reuse of existing access transmission infrastructure, improve projects’ efficiency, and move to an all-IP scenario in the access network to better serve our customers.’ Nawras has accepted Phase 0 and Phase 1 of the project, which involve a number of sites to carry TDM-based 2G and 3G traffic along with IP-based WiMAX traffic. Phase 2, which will see some of the 3G sites migrated to IP, will be implemented in the second half of 2010.