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Rogers Communications Selects Ericsson for 3G UMTS/HSDPA Network Deployment PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2006

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Rogers Communications Inc. has chosen Ericsson as its exclusive supplier for the deployment of its next generation HSDPA voice and data network, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2006.

Under the terms of agreement, Ericsson will be the sole provider for Rogers' Universal Mobile Telephone System/High-Speed Packet Access (UMTS/HSDPA) packet core and radio network equipment. This network is expected to deliver wireless speeds of up to 1.5 to 2 times faster than the current EVDO claims around the world.

Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications Group, says: "With the introduction of HSDPA, we further extend our leadership as Canada's largest supplier of wireless data services and continue to provide innovative solutions that meet the core needs of our customers."

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "Providing customers with faster, more advanced broadband wireless services is a must in a world that has gone mobile. We are excited to be working with Rogers for the national deployment of Canada's UMTS/HSDPA rollout - a pioneering next step that will deliver richer content and advanced mobile applications such as full-motion video downloads and ultra-fast data to Canadians on the move."

Ericsson UMTS/HSDPA is the current state-of-the-art 3G network technology based on the world standard for wireless communications - GSM - and is a natural progression for Rogers which already operates the largest coast-to-coast high-speed network.

UMTS/HSDPA promises to provide customers with significantly higher data speeds (evolving to peak downlink speeds of 14.4 megabits per second), and offers operators more than twice the system capacity of current cellular radio technologies.

HSDPA will enable operators to deliver more advanced mobile broadband services such as Internet and access to corporate data networks. Its unprecedented data rates will allow users to download audio, video and large files or attachments significantly faster than with traditional UMTS.

This technology will enable new applications such as video conferencing, remote desktop access, interactive multi player gaming, video ring tunes and dynamic content to navigate the mobile internet.

Deployment will begin immediately with the first commercial launch expected in the fall of 2006.

 
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