Partner Communications selects Ericsson to upgrade existing network, deploy 4G

27 Oct 2010

Israeli mobile network operator Partner Communications has inked a deal with Swedish vendor Ericsson under which the latter will upgrade the cellco’s networks while also deploying a 4G network. Under the terms of the agreement, which is valued at USD100 million and runs until December 2014, Ericsson will upgrade, replace, maintain and expand parts of Partner’s existing 2G/3G infrastructure, although the replacement of switches and radio equipment is scheduled to be completed by end-2012. A commercial launch of 4G services by Partner, however, remains reliant on it acquiring the relevant frequencies from the country’s Ministry of Communications. Commenting on the deal, Yacov Gelbard, Partner’s CEO, noted: ‘The content of the agreement signed, will enable Partner to continue leading the technological arena in the communications market while upgrading its technological abilities and establishing the first fourth generation network in Israel. The new network is intended to meet Partner’s needs with respect to its cellular and fixed line networks and will bring a significant improvement and enhancement in the level of Partner’s network performances and the services that Partner provides and intends to provide to its customers in the coming years.’