Chilean full service provider Entel has extended its partnership with Ericsson, contracting the Swedish vendor to upgrade and expand the operator’s 4G network in preparation for future 5G services. Under the new contract, Ericsson will install Massive MIMO as well as its latest FDD-LTE and TD-LTE technologies. In addition, the development will include upgrades to Entel’s transport network via the introduction of microwave solutions, and improvements to its radio network controllers (RNCs). The agreement also covers several strategic core network projects intended to upgrade Entel’s voice and data networks to provide new end-user services, enable higher data speeds, enhanced voice quality and reduce network operation costs. Amongst these projects is a fully virtualised network service (VNS) for VoLTE including virtual IMS (vIMS) and virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).
Commenting on the agreement, Entel’s VP for technologies and operations, Alfredo Parot said: ‘Entel has a long-standing partnership with Ericsson that is based on a history of excellence in product and service delivery. Now, as we evolve our network to capture the new business opportunities of Gigabit LTE and the evolution towards 5G and IoT, we naturally extend this partnership with Ericsson in these areas. Our subscribers and enterprise customers will enjoy the benefits of a very high performance network in the region for years to come.’