Ericsson extends partnership with Entel in Chile

Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:08am EDT

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  STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, Mar 21 (Marketwire) -- 

* 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

    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

    Entel and Ericsson have a long-term partnership since 1997, which is based
on a common commitment to enhance telecom experience for customers in

    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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    Ericsson extends partnership with Entel in Chile:

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