Ericsson to supply Batelco's HSDPA network in Bahrain
Batelco, the largest operator in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has selected Ericsson to upgrade its mobile network with HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology, joining the fast growing list of operators launching mobile broadband around the world.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will deliver and deploy a nationwide 3G/HSDPA network supporting Batelco in its Broadband Bahrain initiative through the offering of wireless broadband services, including multimedia. Roll out of the network has already started.
The contract also includes network and technology consulting services to assist Batelco in optimizing the network performance. Furthermore Ericsson will provide business consulting expertise in a Go-To-Market program for their advanced 3G services.
Peter Kaliaropoulos, Batelco Chief Executive says: "We have selected to deploy Ericsson's leading edge technology to enable a wide spectrum of rich value added services; aiming to delight, entertain and serve our customers. Our strategic decision to extend the partnership with Ericsson over the coming 5 years is based on their unrivalled capabilities in the areas of telecommunication networks, services and multimedia solutions," he says.
Johan Lojdquist, General Manager, Ericsson Bahrain, says: "We are proud to be Batelco's partner of choice for the Broadband Bahrain initiative and look forward to continuing this journey with them into fixed-mobile convergence."
HSPA enables operators to introduce attractive broadband services such as mobile TV, mobile music, high-speed internet connectivity and fixed wireless services. Ericsson's HSDPA solution offers ADSL-like peak data speeds for the downlink up to 3.6Mbps today and up to 14.4Mbps by the end of 2006.
Ericsson is the main supplier to more than 50 percent of all commercially launched WCDMA networks and is the main supplier to the world's first commercially launched HSDPA networks.