Batelco to expand HSPA+ network capabilities

6 May 2010

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has chosen long-term equipment partner Ericsson to further expand and upgrade its 2G and 3G radio network following an increase in commercial mobile broadband download speeds to 21Mbps via the implementation of HSPA+ technology last month. According to a report on albawaba.com, Ericsson will upgrade and enhance Batelco’s network capacity and functionality to cope with the uptake of mobile broadband services, as well as enlarging its 2G and 3G footprint and ‘ensuring cost-effective and reliable network operations.’ Batelco CEO Gert Rieder said: ‘We have built a solid relationship with Ericsson over many years.’ Ericsson’s solutions for Batelco, including the RBS6000 family of base stations, are also aimed at preparing its network to support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology alongside its existing 2G and 3G platforms. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Batelco launched its W-CDMA/HSDPA network in December 2007 via its partnership with Ericsson, with its ‘O-net’ range of mobile broadband services following shortly after. The operator upped its maximum HSDPA downlink speed to 14.4Mbps in May 2009, and in March 2010 announced that it was preparing to offer O-net customers 21Mbps HSPA+ services, which became available the following month.