mCel, Mozambique’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has selected Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to upgrade and expand its existing 3G network in the country’s capital city Maputo. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will deploy its core network solutions as well as its multi-standard ‘RBS 6000’ base stations, which support GSM, EDGE, W-CDMA, HSPA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The core network includes Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch and SmartEdge-based Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) solutions. mCel CEO Mamudo Ibraimo commented: ‘… we view our services as an enabler of socioeconomic development and long-term prosperity. We continue to drive the growth and evolution of mobile telephony here through continued expansion, value-oriented innovation and a focus on the delivery of an excellent customer experience. Our partnership with Ericsson positions us well to secure our premier position and continued growth in this market’.