Gibtelecom inks 4G rollout deal with Ericsson

27 Feb 2015

Gibtelecom has inked a contract valued at EUR10 million (USD11.3 million) with Swedish vendor Ericsson under which the latter will upgrade its network, while also rolling out 4G by November 2015. As reported by the Gibraltar Chronicle, the upgrade of mobile equipment and network is expected to cost over EUR5 million, with the construction of a new technology centre, along with support costs, will account for the remainder of the expected EUR10 million project cost.

Gibtelecom CEO Tim Bristow noted that the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority requires his company to have introduced a commercial 4G service covering at least 70% of the population by this November. Commenting on the plans to meet this target, the executive said: ‘Our aim is to achieve at least 70% and quite a lot of work has been gone into this already … Our license requires us to have 95% by 2016.’ Meanwhile, Jansen Reyes, Gibtelecom’s director of technology, said some new antennas will be implemented around Gibraltar to improve coverage, adding: ‘Including the others, we will end up with around 30 antennas around the Rock … However, 4G has six times more capabilities than 3G, so we would be able to deal with six times the number of subscribers.’

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