Ee up: Ericsson inks deal with O2 UK to deploy northern infrastructure

27 Jan 2011

British mobile operator O2 UK has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to undertake a significant network modernisation project in the north of the country. Ericsson claims that the network development will see it enhance O2’s coverage, while also boosting voice and data capacity via a next generation infrastructure which is specifically designed to manage the expected growth in demand for data services as uptake of smartphones continues. Under the terms of the deal between the two companies Ericsson will deploy ‘state of the art’ multi-standard base stations across the north, while also acting as O2’s sole supplier of core network infrastructure. The equipment supplier notes that it will incorporate a high capacity Mobile Softswitch Solution in the core network, which it claims will provide greater flexibility in the management of the infrastructure, while allowing O2 to achieve operational efficiencies. Initially the upgraded network will support HSPA download speeds of up to 42Mbps, but will be future-proofed in order to be compatible with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology whenever it is launched. Commenting on the development, Nigel Purdy, O2 UK’s CTO, said: ‘The modernised core network will be capable of greater capacity at reduced operational cost, allowing for site consolidation through a smaller footprint … Our nationwide investment programme is centred on providing a better experience for our customers today and will set us on the road to building a ‘smarter’ future for tomorrow. ‘

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