Ericsson awarded $145 million CDMA contract

Ericsson and Reliance Telecommunications today announced a CDMA2000 1X contract valued at $145 million to deploy a nation-wide wireless network in Nigeria.

Ericsson and Reliance Telecommunications (RelTel) today announced a CDMA2000 1X contract valued at $145 million to deploy a nation-wide wireless network in Nigeria.

Deployment is scheduled to begin immediately with an expected commercial launch in the first half of 2003.

The contract for Ericsson’s total CDMA2000 solution includes a 1900 MHz compact radio base stations; base station controllers; packet core network; mobile switching centres; home location registers; a suite of applications such as pre-paid, short message service and voice mail service.

The contract is also said to include a full portfolio of services including training and network rollout.

According to a statement, Ericsson’s total CDMA2000 1X portfolio is built upon Ericsson’s global 3G platform for switching, radio access, IP, services and applications. Ericsson’s CDMA2000 1X total solution has been designed to provide operators with an easy, cost-effective migration path to future evolutions of CDMA2000.

‘As we continue to expand our network and bring advanced voice and data services to customers throughout Nigeria, it is important for us to partner with leading vendors like Ericsson,’ said Sir A. Okonkwo, chairman of Reliance Telecommunication.

‘We believe their CDMA2000 solution and professional services will provide us with state-of-the-art technology and expertise that will allow us to quickly and cost-effectively deploy 3G services to our customers and meet on-demand capacity growth,’ he added.

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