|Ericsson sole supplier of Pannon's WCDMA/HSPA network in Hungary|
www.ericsson.comEricsson is strengthening its leadership in WCDMA/HSPA networks with a new contract in Hungary. Telenor-affiliated operator Pannon has signed an agreement for the expansion of its mobile network, including deployment, integration and support services.
Pannon, which has more than 3 million subscribers, is Hungary's second-largest mobile operator. It recently reached an agreement with Ericsson to expand its WCDMA radio network, and deploy and integrate mobile broadband services using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) technology.
With this contract, Ericsson maintains its position as sole supplier of Pannon's 3G radio access network and will support the operator in its continuing evolution towards advanced HSPA-based services.
Ove Fredheim, CEO of Pannon, says: "We have chosen to establish a long-term partnership with Ericsson to deliver advanced mobile broadband services to our customers. Ericsson's leadership in WCDMA and HSPA is a strategic advantage for Pannon."
As part of this new, two-year agreement, Ericsson will provide turnkey rollout of the new network, including supporting services.
Gábor Éry, President of Ericsson Hungary, says: "This is a strategic contract for Ericsson, further strengthening our cooperation with Telenor. The extended agreement with Pannon takes our partnership to the next level."