Vodafone Australia calls on Ericsson for network evolution

20 Aug 2014

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has contracted Swedish vendor Ericsson as the sole supplier to replace and upgrade the cellco’s complete core network for its national network. Under the terms of the five-year agreement – financial details of which have not been disclosed – Ericsson will provide integration services for voice and packet core that it claims will support VHA’s transformation of its operations business, while also enabling a more enriched customer offering. Using what it termed ‘the latest core technology’, including Ericsson’s solutions for Evolved Packet Core and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), policy control and circuit-switched core, VHA is reportedly aiming to further enhance network robustness, performance and resiliency, and over the duration of the contact Ericsson and VHA have committed to fully virtualise the core network.

Commenting on the development, Benoit Hanssen, VHA’s chief technology officer, was cited as saying: ‘Our choice of Ericsson’s technology and services is an essential part of VHA’s program to increase our network performance and customer satisfaction.’