Netherlands-based KPN International has reportedly selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to upgrade its mobile backhaul for its Belgian and German subsidiaries over the course of the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson will install more than 15,000 MINI-LINK transmission node links in the two countries before the end of 2013, with the upgrade being carried out with a view to ensuring that both KPN Group Belgium and Germany’s E-Plus Mobilfunk are able to cope with increasing demand from mobile users for data services, while boosting the efficiency of their respective networks. Ericsson meanwhile has claimed that the mobile backhaul upgrade will lead to lower costs per bit, as well as allowing for a smooth migration from Time Division Multiplex (TDM) to packet transport, and providing the opportunity to scale microwave up to gigabit capacities step-by-step. Work related to the contract is understood to have already gotten underway, and Ericsson will now migrate the two mobile operators’ TDM-based transmission infrastructure to packet-based mobile backhaul networks to pave the way for the introduction of HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
Commenting on the development, Gerhard Ludtke, Director, Access Network at E-Plus, noted: ‘To cope with the continuous rapid growth in data traffic and offer faster mobile access and backhaul networks, we are upgrading our mobile backhaul with the help of Ericsson’s MINI-LINK technology. This investment will also allow us to make our network more cost-effective and future-proof, to the benefit of our broadband business.’