400 million Euro UMTS launched

Telefonica Moviles has selected Ericsson as the main supplier for the initial roll out phase of its UMTS network in Spain and Germany in a deal worth around 400 million Euros.

Telefonica Moviles has selected Ericsson as the main supplier for the initial roll out phase of its UMTS network in Spain and Germany. The global contract is estimated to be worth around 400 million Euros.

In Spain, Ericsson will deploy more than 700 base stations, making the Telefonica Moviles UMTS roll out there one of the largest in the world. The contract covers a three-year period.

Ericsson is the sole supplier for the UMTS launch in Spain. The operator’s full commercial launch will depend on several factors, including the volume availability of terminals, but the initial deployment and commissioning of the network is due by June 1, 2002.

In Germany, Ericsson will provide a turn-key system including the acquisition of equipment, installation and commissioning. Telefonica Moviles operates in Germany under the Quam trademark. Quam itself is 57.2% owned by Telefonica Móviles and 42.8% by Sonera.

Ericsson has around a 40% market share in both GSM and in WCDMA globally.

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