Ericsson has been selected to perform a substantial network modernisation programme for Telefónica O2 UK in the north of the UK. The partnership will deliver greater coverage, voice and data capacity for O2 customers via a new generation network, specifically designed to handle significant growth in smartphones and smartphone applications.
Ericsson will deploy state of the art multi-standard base stations and be the sole supplier of the core network infrastructure. The latter will include the latest high capacity Mobile Softswitch Solution, using blade technology, that will allow O2 to achieve operational efficiencies and greater flexibility in the management and operation of their UK network.
Nigel Purdy, CTO for Telefónica O2 UK, said: “The modernised core network will be capable of greater capacity at reduced operational cost, allowing for site consolidation through a smaller footprint.
“Our nationwide investment programme is centred on providing a better experience for our customers today and will set us on the road to building a ‘smarter’ future for tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being the UK’s home of the smartphone, pioneering the explosion in mobile data, and we focus on provisioning our network accordingly.”
Anders Runevad, Ericsson President of Region West & Central Europe, commented: “With the ever increasing demands on networks from mobile broadband applications and the UK’s love of smartphones, O2’s network modernisation really addresses the needs of their customers both immediately and into the future, with the ability to deliver continuing improvements to support the customer experience.”
The modernised network will initially be used to provide 3G capability and support HSPA download speeds up to 42Mbps and is fully prepared for LTE introduction and other future developments.
Ericsson’s strong service capability in program management, systems integration and deployment, leveraged from its leading managed services business, forms part of the modernisation deal.