Ericsson Bags Radio System Contract From Poland’s Play

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has bagged a lucrative contract from Poland’s largest telecom operator Play to supply telecom solutions including radio systems and operating support systems (OSS).

These infrastructure will be deployed for P4, a subsidiary of Play., for its network expansion, the Swedish firm said in a statement.

The expansion of Play’s network includes radio access network components as well as Operation Support System (OSS) components with Ericsson Network Manager.

The network expansion with Ericsson Radio System will help the polish operator increase its mobile broadband coverage nationwide and significantly enhance subscribers’ user experience in the process.

“Play has been the operator deploying the largest number of radio sites this year, and our mobile data speed was recently recognized as the second best in Poland. In the perspective of our investments in existing and future technology, we are pleased to extend our cooperation with Ericsson to the area of the radio network. Play has gained a strong partner in Ericsson, which will help us accelerate the plan of further expansion of our own telecommunication network and ultimately will participate in the next stages of our network evolution,” said Play CEO, Jean-Marc Harion.

Additionally, both the firms have agreed a cooperation between their R&D centers in Poland, located in Kraków and Łódź, where Ericsson employs a large group of radio experts.

Selecting Ericsson as an additional network vendor means the operator has gained an additional world-leading radio and OSS partner to complete its strategic project to build its own nationwide mobile network. Play’s network plans remain to essentially complete the roll out of its radio network by the end of 2020, to reduce national roaming costs and deliver a top service to Play’s customers.

“This is an important win for Ericsson in Europe and as a result, we will grow our market share significantly in Poland. By deploying our best-of-breed, next-generation radio network and OSS solutions, we can enable Play to further expand their network cost-effectively and deliver a great customer experience to their subscribers,” said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Ericsson in Europe and Latin America.

Play already has a network of more than 6,000 owned base stations across Poland equipped with the most recent technology equipment. The cooperation with Ericsson will not only support this project but will also allow for the implementation of 4G to 5G system evolution projects in the longer term. Radio and baseband units in Ericsson Radio System are ready for 5G.

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