Ericsson is working with Telenor Sweden to upgrade the operator's network to enable it to provide voice over LTE (VoLTE), Wi-Fi calling and richer communication services for customers.
The five year sole-supplier deal will see Ericsson implement a full suite of products and services for HD voice and simultaneous surfing over LTE. The deal includes Ericsson's IMS to enable VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling and Rich Communications Services, along with the company's Wi-Fi Mobility Gateway, User Data Consolidation, Mobile Softswitch Solution, and related system integration services.
With Wi-Fi calling, Telenor's customers will be able to use the operator's voice service over their own home Wi-Fi access point, which is set to be useful for those with poor indoor reception.
Set to begin in the third quarter of this year, the roll out will ensure Telenor Sweden's core network will provide a continued high quality of services. With almost two and a half million mobile subscribers, Telenor is one of the largest operators in Sweden, and under the terms of the agreement their user data subscriber architecture will also be upgraded to a more secure, reliable and simpler structure.
Stefan Jäverbring, CTO Telenor Sverige, commented: "The flexibility and scalability of the services deployed is just as important as their performance, and we believe this will provide an excellent platform for Telenor as we build Sweden's leading mobile network."
Charlotta Sund, head of Ericsson Northern Europe and Central Asia, added: "Telenor's choice of Ericsson as sole supplier is a strong signal of confidence in our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions that satisfy customers in a fast changing marketplace."
VoLTE deployments are increasing globally. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) noted in a recent study that 103 operators are investing in VoLTE deployments, trials or studies in 49 countries, from which 25 operators in 16 countries have commercially launched VoLTE-based HD voice services, compared to just three launched in March 2014.
- see this Ericsson release
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