Network equipment maker Ericsson has struck an important deal with Telefonica O2 for the rollout of the operator’s 4G network in the large UK market.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is to provide the whole of Telefonica O2’s (Slough, UK) core network, using Evolved Packet Core (EPC) technology, and 50% of the nationwide network using technology that supports 2G, 3G and 4G standards.
“This network transformation will put us in a great position for a seamless launch of 4G services this year,” said Andrew Conway, the head of mobile access at Telefonica O2. “The outcome of the recent spectrum auction allows us to ensure the widest and deepest possible reach for new services and will see O2's 4G network provide indoor coverage to 98% of the UK population.”
Telefonica O2 recently paid £550 million for 2x10MHz of 800MHz airwaves in the UK’s 4G auction, but its licence requires it to cover 98% of the UK population by the end of 2017.
“We've been a 3G provider for O2 since 2010 and we're pleased that they've now also selected us to provide the latest technology for 2G services, as well as 4G capability,” said
Anders Runevad, the president of region western and central Europe at Ericsson.
Ericsson says its radio base stations will support the cost-effective deployment of high-speed mobile broadband services while also minimizing environmental impact.
Ericsson has now signed 130 LTE/EPC contracts in 51 countries on six continents.