Ericsson has been selected by mobile satellite operator Inmarsat Ltd for the development of its next generation core network for the company’s Broadband Global Area Network (B-GAN), planned for launch in 2004. The contract is valued at USD 55 million.
According to a statement, Ericsson will deliver infrastructure including routers from its 3G-product portfolio, network management solutions and a host of support services.
Ericsson’s equipment will provide the call routing and mobility management functionality for Inmarsat’s new B-GAN ground stations enabling connectivity to the fixed and mobile terrestrial phone and data networks in conjunction with Inmarsat’s service providers.
Inmarsat’s B-GAN service will offer third generation (3G) compatible services including video conferencing to customers over most of the globe. Inmarsat will focus on providing high-bandwidth services in areas where existing telecom infrastructure does not exist or cannot support content-rich applications. This next generation of services will reportedly offer data transmission rates of up to 432 kbit/s, significantly increasing the existing traffic capacity.
In addition, Ericsson will deploy a suite of IP backbone equipment including its AXI 520-4 series IP Backbone Routers (based on Juniper Networks M20TM routers) and its internally developed AXC 711 Tigris access routers as well as Extreme Networks’ LAN Switches.