Ericsson enjoys LTE success in Asia Pac

Asia Pacific is proving a happy hunting ground for Ericsson, with the vendor this week winning a pair of LTE contracts in Singapore and Hong Kong.
The firm revealed it has begun deploying 4G microwave and optical systems as well as network management solutions to Singaporean operator M1, under a multi-year deal that makes Ericsson the carrier’s primary mobile backhaul provider.
It followed that announcement with details of a contract with Hong Kong’s SmarTone, under which Ericsson is appointed as the carrier’s sole supplier of 4G kit including an end-to-end IP network, multi-standard radio access equipment, packet core, routers and transport infrastructure.
The vendor claims the contracts maintain its leading position in LTE deals, taking its total number of agreements to 87 in 37 countries, and meaning 305 million of the world’s 455 million LTE subscribers are utilizing its equipment.
M1 last week revealed plans to launch LTE services on Saturday, with a reach covering 95% of the city-state.