Next stop for 4G/LTE - Denmark
-? Danes will soon enjoy data access with unmatched speeds and all types of latency-sensitive and bandwidth-demanding services over the mobile network
- Denmark's incumbent operator TDC signs commercial 4G/LTE contract with Ericsson including the complete Evolved Packet Core and the LTE radio solution
- The full-scope contract is the first 4G/LTE deal including managed services
Denmark's leading operator TDC is about to upgrade to 4G and has chosen Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to supply and manage the nationwide network. The contract builds on the existing strategic partnership between the two. Under the deal, Ericsson will roll out a complete 4G/LTE solution - including radio access and core network equipment - as well as managed services. This is Ericsson's first full-scope managed service contract for an LTE/Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network. Danish people will benefit from enhanced experiences when accessing data-rich services with unmatched speeds. Latency and bandwidth will be greatly improved with the new LTE network.
Jess Ibsen, CTO of TDC says: "Providing an amazing experience for our subscribers is our highest priority. Therefore, it's vital that our transition to the new LTE technology is as smooth and fast as possible. Choosing Ericsson is a continuation and expansion of TDC's strategic cooperation with Ericsson. With that, TDC is still committed to deliver quality experiences for all users in TDC's mobile network. We're sure that it will be a seamless transition and that Ericsson will provide the best LTE experience for our customers."
"It's a historic day for us - not only for our business in Denmark but also from an international perspective because TDC is an important customer for Ericsson," says Lars Tofft, Head of Ericsson Denmark and Norway. "By extending our strategic partnership with TDC we have received the chance to prove our leading technology and managed services capabilities to support the successful launch and operation of their new LTE network."
The contract includes radio access network with RBS 6000 series, a complete Evolved Packet Core solution as well as the full scope of managed services. The roll out of the network starts immediately.
To date, Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with seven major global operators. There are two live commercial LTE networks (TeliaSonera in Sweden and Norway, and MetroPCS in the US) in the world and Ericsson is the main supplier for both networks.
Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.
Because the LTE network is tailor-made for handling data transfer, it also embraces new types of services. Connected cameras, music players, cars and even electricity networks will be part of everyday life in the near future. Ericsson envisions a world of more than 50 billion connections, including people, places and devices, by 2020.
Notes to editors:
Long Term Evolution media kit http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/mediakit/lte.shtml
Ericsson LTE achievement list http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/facts_figures/lte_achievement.shtml
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