Telenor Group and Ericsson ink five-year radio deal

29 October 2014 |

Telenor Group and Ericsson have penned a five-year global framework agreement which will see the Swedish vendor provide radio hardware and professional services to the Nordic operator.

The deal includes the roll-out of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, as well as operational, hardware and software support, installation, and general maintenance.

“Given our long-standing and solid relationship with Ericsson, this agreement will enable us to deliver a high quality customer experience and secure the most efficient networks possible for Telenor’s business units,” said Hilde Tonne, EVP and head of group industrial development at Telenor Group.

“The agreement sets a basis for Ericsson to proactively deliver innovative solutions, strengthen its collaboration capabilities and meet the strategic ambitions of Telenor.”

Ericsson will provide its multi-standard RBS6000 family of base stations as part of the agreement, which can operate on all standards – GSM, WCDMA and LTE – and is designed to be a seamless, integrated and environmentally friendly solution.

Tonne said that LTE will be a major investment area for Telenor in the coming years, and the two companies have confirmed they are cooperating on a number of radio projects in Myanmar, Thailand and India.

A major player in LTE, more than 50% of the world’s existing LTE smartphone traffic is said to be served by Ericsson networks. In April, Taiwan’s FarEasTone partnered with Ericsson for an LTE roll-out, followed by T-Mobile US in September.