Ericsson extends partnership with Entel in Chile

Ericsson extends partnership with Entel in Chile 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 03/21/13 --  
* Entel Chile selected Ericsson as sole supplier for its 4G/LTE
network and 
expanded partnership for its 2G and 3G networks 
* 3G and 4G users to enjoy superior mobile broadband experience and
high-performing networks, as well as advanced solutions and services 
* Includes multi-standard radio access network, Evolved Packet Core
with     Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart
Services Routers, 
operation and support system and backhaul
transport design 
In response to Chile's data traffic growth and increasing demand for
mobile broadband coverage, Entel has extended its strategic
partnership with Ericsson
(NASDAQ: ERIC) to supply its 2G, 3G and
end-to-end IP network for 4G/LTE and
will continue joint efforts to
enhance customer experience. 
Antonio Buechi, CEO of Entel, says: "At Entel, we value innovation
and the skills to provide excellence in service; we have made huge
efforts in delivering an
unbeatable customer experience on mobile
broadband and now on 4G. Together with
Ericsson, we will be able to
provide our customers with superior mobile broadband services and
performance, based on a complete end-to-end 3G-LTE solution," 
Nicolas Brancoli, Vice President of Ericsson Latin America, says:
"This contract
marks another significant milestone for Ericsson and
further consolidates our
network leadership in the region. Entel's
continued trust in us is demonstrated
by their selection of Ericsson
as the sole supplier for their 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE
networks. We're
proud and happy to extend our partnership and support Entel's
launch
of its territory-wide LTE network. Consumers will benefit from an
optimal
mobile broadband user experience." 
Entel and Ericsson have a long-term partnership since 1997, which is
based on a common commitment to enhance telecom experience for
customers in Chile. 
Under the three-year agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of
Entel's
2G, 3G and 4G network. The new LTE network includes a
multi-standard radio access network supported by RBS 6000 base
stations, Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
with Evolved Packet Gateway on
the SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers and SGSN-MME based in
the latest MKVIII architecture. The agreement also includes
network
rollout, integration and support, deployment services, and network
management with Ericsson's Operations Support Systems for Radio &
Core. 
Ericsson is the world leader in LTE and today has more than 130
commercial LTE
contracts on six continents, of which over 60 networks
have already gone live.
LTE commercial networks worldwide currently
cover 455 million people, of which
305 million people are covered by
LTE networks delivered by Ericsson. Once currently awarded contracts
have been deployed, Ericsson will have a more than
50 percent share
of the Latin American LTE market in terms of volume. 
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