Swedish equipment provider Ericsson has announced it has been selected by TDC to supply and manage the Danish telecoms operator’s nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Under the contract, which builds on the existing partnership between the two companies, Ericsson will roll out a complete 4G/LTE solution – including radio access and core network equipment – as well as the full scope of managed services. Deployment of the network starts immediately. ‘Providing an amazing experience for our subscribers is our highest priority. Therefore, it is vital that our transition to the new LTE technology is as smooth and fast as possible,’ noted Jess Ibsen, CTO of TDC, adding: ‘Choosing Ericsson is a continuation and expansion of TDC’s strategic cooperation with Ericsson. With that, TDC is still committed to delivering quality experiences for all users in TDC’s mobile network. We are sure that it will be a seamless transition and that Ericsson will provide the best LTE experience for our customers.’ The contract is Ericsson’s first full-scope managed service contract for an LTE/Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TDC was awarded two blocks of 20MHz spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, suitable for the provision of LTE services, in May 2010. The company said it would initially deploy 4G technology in Copenhagen and Aarhus, with network rollout in the most densely populated areas of the rest of the country to follow.