November 5, 2009

Ericsson to modernize Bangladesh's largest mobile operator's network

Bangladesh's largest mobile operator-- Grameenphone -- has chosen Ericsson Bangladesh Limited to upgrade its mobile soft switch solution for further expansion of network.

According to a press release of Ericsson here Wednesday, the latest switching technology from Ericsson will help Grameenphone (GP) meet the needs of its expanding subscriber base and pave the way for the quick and cost-effective future introduction of new services such as mobile broadband.

It said the two-year contract, which was signed recently, also includes charging solutions and related services. The value of the deal was not, however, disclosed.

Apart from upgrading GP's packet-switched and circuit-switched
core network, the press release said, the contract will also cover the upgrade of GP's GSM radio access network and the supply, deployment and systems integration of Ericsson's Mobile Packet Backbone Network solution.

"Ericsson's advanced technology will optimize our network operations and strengthen our ability to evolve and expand our business while preparing our network for future needs," Oddvar Hesjedal, Chief Executive Officer of GP was quoted as saying in the press release.

Hakan Rusch, Managing Director of Ericsson Bangladesh, said, "This agreement demonstrates Ericsson's commitment to cultivating long-term, strategic relationships with the aim of creating a competitive advantage for our customers."

The official data of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission showed GP, 62 percent owned by Norwegian Telenor, has 21.98 million customers until September this year, which is nearly half of the country's total number of cell phone users.


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