Ericsson selected by Telefónica O2 UK as northern vendor
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected to perform a substantial network modernization program 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. The modernized 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.