Telefonica, Spain selects Ericsson for 4G LTE

Telefonica, the largest Spanish operator has selected Ericsson as a technology partner to rollout a nationwide LTE network in Spain.

As per the  agreement, Ericsson will build the network in Madrid and Barcelona, rolling out about 1,000 nodes in 2013, in order to support Telefonica’s goal to take 4G to as many customers as possible already this year.

Luis Miguel Gil Perez, president, Telefonica Spain said, “LTE is is one of the two pillars of their ultra broadband network concept – together with fiber – and that it is key to make the most out of it.”

Telefonica expects to roll out around 2,200 nodes in 2013 and will reach 3,000 by Q1 2014. They are aiming to cover about 60 major cities across Spain.

The new network will be rolled out in the 1800 MHZ band and include the roll out of Ericsson’s multi-standard technology RBS6000.

To date, Ericsson has more than 160 LTE/EPC deals around the world and the deal confirms its leadership position in mobile broadband globally.

Telefonica is one of the world’s leading integrated operators, providing communication solutions, information and entertainment in Europe and Latin America. It has operations in 24 countries and an installed customer base of more than 317.3 million subscribers.

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