SOURCE: Ericsson

May 15, 2007 03:00 ET

Ericsson to deploy and integrate transport network for Mobiltel in Bulgaria

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 --


Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed a contract to deploy and integrate its latest microwave transmission solution, MINI-LINK TN, for leading Bulgarian mobile operator Mobiltel, helping the operator reduce both capital and operational expenditure.

The contract involves design, deployment and integration of the transmission network as well as support services for MINI-LINK TN software and hardware. The microwave transmission solution will provide extra backhaul capacity in the existing transport network and makes it easy to add more capacity as needed through the use of Soft Keys. This will allow Mobiltel to add new subscribers to its WCDMA network while reducing operational costs.

With MINI-LINK TN Mobiltel will be able to introduce mobile broadband and new bandwidth-intensive services at a lower cost, while expanding transport capacity and increasing network control and flexibility. A smooth migration from voice to data is ensured by the flexibility of the system as both circuit and packet traffic is handled efficiently. This will pave the way for mobile broadband services that combine TV with voice and data.

Josef Vinatzer, CEO of Mobiltel, says: "Ericsson's MINI-LINK TN enhances our traffic control and manageability, and at the same time gives substantial savings in site accommodation costs. The deployment will give us the opportunity to continue growing our subscriber base and to develop new data-intensive and multimedia services."

Thomas Svanefalk, Country Manager of Ericsson Bulgaria, says: "We are delighted to have further strengthened our business relationship with Mobiltel. Our worldwide leadership in microwave solutions will serve Mobiltel well, offering leading technology and service quality to subscribers."

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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About MINI-LINK TN

MINI-LINK TN, unique within the telecom industry, is a smart microwave solution that boosts mobile transmission capacity and control in a variety of network applications, while reducing cost. The flexibility of the transport technology enables a smooth migration from TDM to packet data. Compatible with the world's most commonly deployed microwave radio system, MINI-LINK E, it is able to perform switching of traffic between different radio links, dramatically increasing the aggregated transport capacity. The advanced, integrated traffic handling eliminates the need for extensive manual cabling and enables end-to-end connection management. The effect is reduced capital and operational expenditure throughout the lifetime of the transport network. In particular, installation and maintenance costs are considerably reduced, compared with traditional solutions, while rack space requirements are reduced by up to 70 percent.

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