Etisalat Egypt picks Ericsson to boost core network and BSS

05 October 2017 | James Pearce

Etisalat Misr has partnered with Ericsson to modernise and expand its core network and business support systems as part of a four year deal.

The Egyptian arm of Etisalat said the agreement will support its rollout of 4G services, whilst also paving the way for future technologies such as 5G and the internet of things.

Etisalat Misr, which recently deployed 4G services in Egypt alongside Orange and Vodafone, will upgrade its core network, allowing it to offer more flexible and personalised services for subscribers, Ericsson claims.

The project will also allow the operator to accelerate the introduction of new services, such as IMS voice over LTE (VoLTE), voice over WiFi, service are policy control, and unified communications.

Hazem Metwally, CEO, Etisalat Misr, says: “We are pleased to be working with Ericsson again on a new project that addresses the evolving requirements of our organization. 

“It will double the capacity of our business support systems, which will allow us to provide more innovation to our customers, resulting in more traffic passing through our network. Ericsson is our trusted partner and has provided valuable support since we launched our services.”

Ericsson claims the upgrade will see Etisalat Misr benefit from shorter time to market with new products and services, more commercial innovations, and able t0 offer improved user experiences. It will also have a positive impact on capex and opex, the Swedish vendor said.

Rafiah Ibrahim, head of Ericsson region Middle East and Africa, said: “This agreement will enable Etisalat Misr to respond very quickly and in a flexible way with new offers to the ever increasing needs of their subscribers. 

“The current massive diversity of applications, services and bundles, that both consumers and business customers wish to use on their multiple devices, requires more flexible provisioning and real-time charging based on advanced systems and solutions, such as our state-of-the-art Business Support System.”

Topics: Etisalat Misr, Ericsson, core network, BSS, Egypt, Hazem Metwally