Vodafone Australia selects Ericsson

Vodafone Australia is completely modernising and consolidating its core network with Ericsson, allowing it to utilise the world’s most technologically advanced telecommunications infrastructure.

Vodafone’s new core network will offer greater network agility and flexibility, create cost efficiencies, and enable the introduction of new LTE services. Among these will be the introduction of VoLTE, which the company will launch in 2015 following trials later this year.

“The current 4G networks primarily focus on providing faster data services. Customers have rapidly adopted 4G smartphones, which offer very fast data speeds. But no Australian network is offering voice calls on its 4G network, and our new core network will enable us to do that,” said Vodafone chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen.

Last month, Vodafone said its 4G network would reach 95 percent of Australia’s metropolitan population by the end of 2014 by utilising its low-band 850 MHz spectrum holding.

“With our enhanced indoor 4G coverage and voice calls on the same network, our customers will feel the difference. The call audio quality will be high definition, and call connection times will be significantly shorter,” said Hanssen.

Today’s announcement is part of the multi-billion dollar investment the company is making in improving its network and customer experience. The five-year network evolution program will also see Vodafone adopting Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) in the core network which will provide greater network agility and flexibility and create cost efficiencies.

Hakan Eriksson, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand said his team is ready to work with Vodafone to create an even better service for its customers.

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