Ericsson has announced that Australia’s Telstra will become the first operator in the world to deploy the Swedish vendor’s latest SSR node running the EPG application to support its wireless core network. The SSR 8020 is a new ultra-high capacity and highly scalable product from Ericsson which, it is claimed, is capable of performing a number of different functions related to the handling of IP packet data in carrier networks. The EPG application is a specific application of the SSR which supports 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks and their rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services. The SSR-EPG is expected to be fully integrated into Telstra’s network before the end of the third quarter this year.
Commenting on the development, Hakan Eriksson, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, noted: ‘We are pleased to play a continuing role as Telstra’s strategic partner to bring world leading technology to Australians. We are focused on delivering operational flexibility, increased network capacity, and cost efficiencies into Telstra’s network operations … This next evolution of Ericsson Smart Services Routers enables complete network convergence so subscribers can access services from any device fixed or mobile. With a variety of network functions – ranging from subscriber management to policy control and mobility support – the SSR 8020 enables a fast and simple introduction of new end-user services, maximum end-user experience, and optimal use of network resources.’